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Mouth of Hell; Final Absolution
Hours of Catherine of Cleves, in Latin
Illuminated by the Master of Catherine of Cleves
The Netherlands, Utrecht, ca. 1440
7 1/2 x 5 1/8 inches (192 x 130 mm)
Purchased with the assistance of various Fellows, 1970; MS M.945 (fols. 168v–169)

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Priest and Acolyte before an Altar, from a Book of Hours, Rome use, in Latin and French
Northern France or Belgium, Flanders, ca. 1445
The Morgan Library & Museum, New York; MS M.287, fol. 29
Purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan, 1907

St. George Slaying the Dragon
Book of Hours, in Latin
Belgium, Bruges, ca. 1450
Illuminated by the Master of Jean Chevrot
159 x 110 mm
The Morgan Library & Museum; MS M.421, fol. 23v

Queen of Swords
Bonifacio Bembo or family
Visconti-Sforza Tarot Cards
Italy, Milan, ca. 1450
173 x 87 mm
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan, 1911; MS M.630 (no. 23)

Christ Instituting the Eucharist at the Last Supper, and Manna Feeding the Israelites, from a Speculum humanae salvationis, in Latin and Dutch
Belgium, Bruges, ca. 1450
Illuminated by a Master of the Gold Scrolls
The Morgan Library & Museum, New York; MS M.385, fol. 18v
Purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan, 1909

Decapitation of St. John the Baptist
A late follower of the Master of the Munich Golden Legend
Book of Hours, France, probably Paris, ca. 1460
123 x 158 mm
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan, 1907; MS M.282, fol. 124v

Synagoga (Judaism) and Ecclesia (Church) Flank the Last Supper, from a Book of Hours, Paris use, in Latin and French
Northeastern France or Paris, ca. 1465
Illuminated by the Master of Jacques de Luxembourg
The Morgan Library & Museum, New York; MS M.1003, fol. 13
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Landon K. Thorne, Jr., 1979

Altar Prepared for the Feast of Corpus Christi, detail from an Antiphonary (one of the six "Lodi Choir Books"), in Latin
Italy, Milan, ca. 1470–95
Commissioned for Lodi Cathedral by Bishop Carlo Pallavicino and illuminated by Francesco Bettini and others
The Morgan Library & Museum, New York; MS M.682, fol. 19v
Purchased, before 1921

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