Leaves of Gold: Treasures of Manuscript Illumination fron Philadelphia Collections
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Book of Hours for Dominican Use
Italy, Siena, c. 1470
Liberale da Verona, 14451527/29

Death Standing in a Landscape. The Office of the Dead in this Book of Hours is introduced by a striking image of Death as a skeletal figure holding a scythe. Despite the book's small size, the artist has added a finely rendered landscape as a backdrop to the terrifying presence of Death.

The Free Library of Philadelphia, Rare Book Department, Lewis E 118, fol. 95v

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