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Siege of Jerusalem. Illuminated manuscript miniature from the 15th-century Alba Bible, depicting the siege of Jerusalem by the Assyrians circa 701 BC (The Book of Isaiah). Also shown is the prophecy of the later birth of Emmanuel (Christ), with the Virgin Mary at left and Isaiah at lower left. The Alba Bible, completed in 1430, is a translation of the Old Testament from Hebrew into Medieval Castilian. It was commissioned in 1422. The 513 pages are illustrated with 334 miniatures, produced by members of the Franciscan Order in Toledo. The original is displayed in Madrid, Spain.
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