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  • Illuminated manuscript. Cutting. Leaf from a Gradual. Production Place: Italy, Lombardy, probably Brescia. Parchment, gold, 490 x 380 mm (435 x 285 mm), six musical staves ruled in red ink, seven lines of text ruled in pale brown ink. Circa 1450 to circa 1475. CONTENTS: On reverse, final section of the Offertory for the Feast of St Michael Archangel: [Ascen]dit fumus aromatum, followed by Communio for the same feast, Benedicite omnes angeli; rubrics, cues and folio references for feasts of Saints Calixtus, Luke, Simon and Jude, Vigil of All Saints (all October); on recto, Introit for the feast of All Saints, Gaudeamus omnes in domino … collaudant filium dei. Ps.; the initial, originally on the verso of the leaf, introduced the Introit, Gaudeamus omnes. DECORATION: Historiated initial formed of a dragon’s head in green and pink on a solid gold ground extending to form intricate border of leaves and flowers on a gold ground, with bird finial: [G] All Saints. ORNAMENTATION: Alternate red and blue initials [height of the width between staves] with foliate pen flourishing in purple or red, for verses; text immediately following the historiated initials and the verse initials is written in display script, flourished in black filled with yellow wash.
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