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Blue and red parted initial, fragment from an Antiphoner

Image attached to MS McClean 201.6c

An image of Illuminated manuscript. Cutting. Fragment from an Antiphoner. Production Place: Italy. Parchment, gold, 437 x 343 mm, eight four-line musical staves ruled in red ink, eight lines of text ruled in plummet, circa 1350.
CONTENTS: Third antiphon of the first nocturn in Matins for the feast of St Clare, Cuncta pro Christi nomine contemnens crine tonso coram altari Domine nubit eterno sponso, followed by the responsory for the first lesson in Matins, Francisci pia plantula mire fructificavit in orbe cum discipula Clara quam informavit. Castitatis per secula cultum… mul- (continuing on verso) -tiplicavit, versicle Virgo sub sacra regula multarum iam preambula se deo consecravit, and responsory In via penitentie glebas…thesaurus meritorum; the initial F would have introduced the responsory for the first lesson in Matins for the feast of St Clare (12 August) in a Franciscan Antiphoner for the Sanctoral. ORNAMENTATION: Blue and red parted initial [F, height of three staves] with voided ornament, yellow wash and red and blue pen-flourished infill and extensions; alternate blue and red one-line penwork initials with red or blue pen flourishing.

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Illuminated manuscript. Cutting. Fragment from an Antiphoner. Production Place: Italy. Parchment, gold, 437 x 343 mm, eight four-line musical staves ruled in red ink, eight lines of text ruled in plummet, circa 1350. CONTENTS: Third antiphon of the first nocturn in Matins for the feast of St Clare, Cuncta pro Christi nomine contemnens crine tonso coram altari Domine nubit eterno sponso, followed by the responsory for the first lesson in Matins, Francisci pia plantula mire fructificavit in orbe cum discipula Clara quam informavit. Castitatis per secula cultum… mul- (continuing on verso) -tiplicavit, versicle Virgo sub sacra regula multarum iam preambula se deo consecravit, and responsory In via penitentie glebas…thesaurus meritorum; the initial F would have introduced the responsory for the first lesson in Matins for the feast of St Clare (12 August) in a Franciscan Antiphoner for the Sanctoral. ORNAMENTATION: Blue and red parted initial [F, height of three staves] with voided ornament, yellow wash and red and blue pen-flourished infill and extensions; alternate blue and red one-line penwork initials with red or blue pen flourishing.

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  • Accession Number: MS McClean 201.6c
  • Photograph copyright © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.
  • Photographer name: Andrew Morris
  • Image height: 1282 pixels
  • Image width: 1024 pixels
  • Processed with: Adobe Photoshop CS3 Windows
  • Filesize: 269.95kB

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14th Century _WF_AdOK _WF_KWD _WF_OPAC _WF_OPAC_pending antiphonal antiphoner antiphons blue cutting decorative initial Early Renaissance Fitz_MSPB illuminated illumination initial Italian manuscript miniature music manuscript neum neume notation notes parchment penwork red religion religious Renaissance staves Trecento

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