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Many of the details included in this devotional image have symbolic significance.

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The top of the left side column shows a scene from the book of Genesis: an angel wields a sword to drive Adam and Eve out of the Garden of Eden.
The top of the right side column shows a scene from the book of Genesis: Adam and Eve cower beneath the forbidden Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.
The view out the windows depicts the skyline of Bruges, then a prominent Flemish city. The view helps scholars to date this painting, as the Church of Notre Dame does not yet have the octagonal bell tower added in 1483.
In an artistic technique known as simultaneous narrative, two different events in Jesus's life appear in the windows. Here the adult John the Baptist baptizes the adult Jesus in the river.
One angel supports a book for Mary in an unusual image emphasizing her wisdom.
The baby Jesus holds an apple, referring to the belief that Jesus and his mother Mary are the "new" Adam and Eve, promising to save humanity from sin.
One angel leans over the arm of the throne, holding out a flower for the baby Jesus to see.
In an artistic technique known as simultaneous narrative, two different events in Jesus's life appear in the windows. Here Jesus's mother, the expectant Mary, visits her cousin Elizabeth, mother of John the Baptist.