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Bird decoration from Libro d'ore di Alfonso d'Este, fol.63


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Bird decoration, Libro d'ore di Alfonso d'Este – Offiziolo Alfonsino,
  Ferrara, 1505-1510. Lisbon, Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, inv. L.A.149, fol.63
(Il Bulino)