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Current Location: In storage




Artist: Bellini, Leonardo




PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, iv parchment flyleaves + 250 fols. + ii parchment flyleaves, 77 x 55 mm (38 x 30 mm), 11 long lines, ruled in plummet, catchwords

BINDING: fifteenth century, red velvet over wooden boards, sewn on three double supports, the insides of both boards have gesso panels with gilt, incised and painted patterns, remains of a silk tie, blue and red endbands, traces of a plaque on upper cover and of labels on spine, gilt and gauffered edges.

fols. 1r–12v Calendar
fols. 13v–129v Hours of the Virgin
fols. 130v–140v Mass of the Virgin
fols. 141r–172v Penitential Psalms and Litany
fols. 173r–242v Office of the Dead
fols. 243r–250v Hours of the Cross

DECORATION: Eight full-page miniatures in gold frames within purple or magenta borders: fol. 13v Hours of the Virgin, Matins, Annunciation, with peacock facing the Virgin; fol. 49v Prime, Adoration of the Child; fol. 57v Terce, Presentation in the Temple; fol. 65v Sext, Adoration of the Magi; fol. 73v None, Flight into Egypt; fol. 81v Vespers, Massacre of the Innocents; fol. 94v Compline, Circumcision, with an angel carrying a knife, wool and bandage on a dish; fol. 130v Mass of the Virgin, Christ among the Doctors.

Thirteen historiated initials in pink with white abstract motifs and acanthus extensions on gold grounds, with full or three-sided floral and spraywork borders: fol. 14r Hours of the Virgin, Matins, [D, 7 ll.] Virgin and Child with text presented as part of a trompe-l’oeil architectural piece with putti, doe, rabbit, and a shield left blank; fol. 31v Lauds, [D, 5 ll.] Bishop with fleur-de-lys cope (probably St Louis of Toulouse); fol. 50r Prime, [D, 5 ll.] St Peter Martyr; fol. 58r Terce, [D, 5 ll.] St Lucy; fol. 66r Sext, [D, 5 ll.] St Catherine; fol. 74r None, [D, 5 ll.] St Francis; fol. 82r Vespers, [D, 5 ll.] St Bernardino of Siena; fol. 95r Compline, [C, 5 ll.] St Dominic holding fire; fol. 131r Mass of the Virgin, [S, 7 ll.] Virgin reading; fol. 141r Penitential Psalms, [D, 7 ll.] David penitent, with text presented as a tromp-l’oeil scroll suspended from golden cinquefoils and supported by an angel against a landscape with swans and a doe; fol. 173r Office of the Dead, Vespers, [R, 7 ll.] Skull; fol. 232r Office of the Dead, Matins, [D, 5 ll.] Skull; fol. 243r Hours of the Cross, [D, 7 ll.] Christ as Man of Sorrows, with text presented as a tromp-l’oeil scroll suspended from golden cinquefoils and supported by an angel against a landscape with swans and a leopard killing a doe.

ORNAMENTATION: Alternate gold and blue initials [1–2 ll.] with violet or red pen flourishing; capitals highlighted in yellow.


History note: Richard, seventh Viscount Fitzwilliam of Merrion (1745–1816), acquired in 1801; his bequest, 1816.

Place(s) associated

  • Venice

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1816) by Fitzwilliam, Richard, 7th Viscount


Fifteenth century, third quarter
Production date: circa AD 1470

People, subjects and objects depicted


  • Cambridge Illuminated

Materials used in production


Components of the work

Support composed of parchment

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: laus tibi domine
  • Location: Fol. 15r
  • Type: Secundo folio

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MS 149
Primary reference Number: 118708
Project ID: 380
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 24 August 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Manuscripts and Printed Books

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