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    These two panels form a diptych and were originally bound together in purple silk velvet so that they opened and closed like a book.

    The diptych appears to have belonged to Eleonora of Aragon, Duchess of Ferrara and consort of Ercole I d'Este, and would have been prized by her as an aid to religious meditation and as an exquisite example of the work of her brilliant court painter.

    Paintings in this group: The Este Diptych

    The Adoration of the Shepherds
    Ercole de' Roberti
    about 1490
    The Adoration of the Shepherds
    The Dead Christ
    Ercole de' Roberti
    about 1490
    The Dead Christ

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