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The Portuguese Embassy
Master of the Soane Josephus (Flemish, active about 1475 - 1485)
about 1480 - 1483
Tempera colors, gold leaf, gold paint, and ink on parchment
Leaf: 48 x 35 cm (18 7/8 x 13 3/4 in.)
On the porch at the left, a Portuguese diplomat accepts a golden cup, a gift from Richard II of England. The presentation of the gift signified that Richard had agreed to support Portugal in its war efforts. On the right, inside a building, the Portuguese delegation arrives home to recount its success with the English. The king of Portugal sits beneath a cloth canopy greeting his ambassador. The strong vertical pillar of the building both divides the
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