MS G.55 fol. iii v

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Hours of Pierre de Bosredont

France, Langres
ca. 1465
157 x 113 mm

Gift of the Trustees of the William S. Glazier Collection, 1984

MS G.55 fol. iii v

Virgin Mary: Annunciation The Archangel Gabriel is raising his right hand and holding a staff in his left hand as he kneels behind the Virgin Mary, who is nimbed, has her hands joined, and is kneeling at a prie-dieu and looking back over her right shoulder at Gabriel. Above is a dove, symbol of the Holy Ghost in a mandorla. Carved on the side of the prie-dieu is a winged figure, possibly an angel, who is holding a snake. The scene is in a wood-paneled, windowed room with a canopied bed and with a vase of flowers in the foreground on a ledge.
The miniature is within an elaborate architectural frame, decorated at the top with the head and wings of an angel and at the bottom with a mask. The nscription in the lower margin is ALPHA.