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Last Judgment, with Christ enthroned, leaf from a Gradual

Image attached to MS 308

An image of Illuminated Manuscript. Leaf from a Gradual. Latin, Gothic bookhand (textualis). Parchment, 550 x 370 mm (370 x 240 mm), initial 278 x 237 mm, rubric and one line of text ruled in hard point, one four-line musical stave ruled in red ink, pasted on cardboard, six lines of text and six four-line musical staves on reverse (discernible on a light box). Production Place: Siena, Italy. Circa 1325.
CONTENTS: Rubric, Dominica prima de adventu. Introitus and Introit of the Mass for the first Sunday in Advent, Ad te levavi animam meam. Historiated initial in faded pink on blue ground with delicate white motifs within a geometric frame for the Introit of the Mass for the first Sunday in Advent: [A, 4 lines of text and 4 musical staves] Last Judgment, with (above) Christ enthroned, flanked by seraphim, displaying wounds and accompanied by a group of six Apostles on either side, and (below) the Cross and Instruments of the Passion in the centre with two angels blowing trumpets above, on the left the Virgin standing with the blessed, including Franciscans and St Francis displaying the stigmata, and on the right St John pointing at the damned, acanthus branches extending from the initial to enclose a half-length figure of a prophet with a scroll in each corner. ORNAMENTATION: Foliate scroll with acanthus extending into lower left margin; capitals highlighted in red.

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Illuminated Manuscript. Leaf from a Gradual. Latin, Gothic bookhand (textualis). Parchment, 550 x 370 mm (370 x 240 mm), initial 278 x 237 mm, rubric and one line of text ruled in hard point, one four-line musical stave ruled in red ink, pasted on cardboard, six lines of text and six four-line musical staves on reverse (discernible on a light box). Production Place: Siena, Italy. Circa 1325. CONTENTS: Rubric, Dominica prima de adventu. Introitus and Introit of the Mass for the first Sunday in Advent, Ad te levavi animam meam. Historiated initial in faded pink on blue ground with delicate white motifs within a geometric frame for the Introit of the Mass for the first Sunday in Advent: [A, 4 lines of text and 4 musical staves] Last Judgment, with (above) Christ enthroned, flanked by seraphim, displaying wounds and accompanied by a group of six Apostles on either side, and (below) the Cross and Instruments of the Passion in the centre with two angels blowing trumpets above, on the left the Virgin standing with the blessed, including Franciscans and St Francis displaying the stigmata, and on the right St John pointing at the damned, acanthus branches extending from the initial to enclose a half-length figure of a prophet with a scroll in each corner. ORNAMENTATION: Foliate scroll with acanthus extending into lower left margin; capitals highlighted in red.

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  • Accession Number: MS 308
  • Photograph copyright © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.
  • Photographer name: Image Library; Fitzwilliam Museum
  • Image height: 1463 pixels
  • Image width: 1024 pixels
  • Processed with: Adobe Photoshop CS3 Windows
  • Filesize: 293.34kB

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14th Century acanthus angels apostles Arma Christi Arms of the Passion blessed blessing Christ Christ in Glory Christ in Judgement Christ in Majesty Christianity cross crucifix damned disciples Doomsday Early Renaissance enthroned Fitz_MSPB Franciscan Gothic bookhand (textualis) gradual historiated initial illuminated illumination inhabited initial Instruments of the Passion introit Italian Jesus judgement day Last Judgement Latin manuscript manuscript leaf manuscript leaves Medieval miniature monks music manuscript parchment Passion of Christ prophet religion religious Renaissance Saint Francis of Assisi Saint John saints script seraphim seraphs Sienese School St Francis St John St John the Evangelist stigmata Trecento trumpet trumpeter trumpeting Virgin Mary

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