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The adoration of the Magi, with the voyage of the Magi (in the upper and left margins) and Ecce Homo flanked by donors with their coats of arms (lower margin), from the Graduale de tempore tocius anni [Gradual of the Temporale for the Full Year], Northern Netherlands (Haarlem), 1493–94
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by N.F. Karlins

"The Splendor of the Word: Medieval and Renaissance Illuminated Manuscripts," Oct. 21, 2005-Feb. 12, 2006, at the New York Public Library, Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, New York, N.Y. 10018.

I wanted to run my fingertips over the cool, shimmering expanses of gold in illustrations of New Testament scenes in a two-volume Book of the Hours (Avignon, France, ca. 1390-1400).