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Book of Hours for Rome Use
France, Provence, probably Carpentras, c. 1450

Annunciation. Behind a houselike prayer stool, the Virgin raises her arms in surprise as the angel Gabriel kneels on the left and God the Father is seen in a star-filled arch behind. The flat, decorative quality of the painting in this Book of Hours is heightened by the church architecture in the background and the sinuous scroll that encircles a vase of lilies in the foreground. The border is composed of floral forms and tiny, brown beasts.

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Gift of Mrs. Philip S. Collins in memory of her husband, 1945-65-8, fol. 13

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