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Current Location: Gallery 32 (Rothschild)


Missal of Cardinal Angelo Acciaiuoli


Artist: Torelli, Matteo di Filippo
Artist: Torelli, Bartolommeo di Filippo
Artist: Fruosino, Bartolommeo
Artist: Niccolò, Bastiano di




PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, ii paper flyleaves + ii medieval parchment flyleaves + 282 fols. (foliated i-x in modern pencil, I-CCLXXIIII in contemporary red ink, fols. 10, 118 and 203 excised) + i medieval parchment flyleaf + i paper flyleaf, 352 x 250 mm (216 x 157 mm), two columns, 32 lines, ruled in plummet, catchwords.

BINDING: Eighteenth century, gold-stamped brown leather over wooden boards, two leather straps (modern replacements) with metal clasps on upper cover, two catchplates (modern replacements) on lower cover, rebacked and repaired

fols. i recto-vi verso Calendar
fols. vii recto-x verso Office and vesting ceremonies for Pontifical Mass
fols. 1r-117r Temporal from the First Sunday of Advent to Holy Saturday (fol. 10 with the main Mass for Christmas Day has been excised)
fols. 117r-132v Ordinary of the Mass (fol. 118 with the opening of the Canon prayer, Te igitur, has been excised)
fols. 133r-180v Temporal from Easter Sunday to the Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
fols. 180v-229v Sanctoral from the Vigil of St Andrew to the feast of St Saturninus (fol. 203 with the Mass for Saints Peter and Paul has been excised)
fols. 229v-252r Common of the Saints
fols. 252v-253v Mass for the Dedication of a Church
fols. 253v-268r Votive Masses including those of the Virgin Mary
fols. 268r-272v Masses for the Dead
fols. 273r-274r Ordo for the Blessing of Salt and Water and the Asperges

DECORATION: Sixty-six historiated initials, some with large acanthus extensions into the margin, often forming full borders (e.g. fols. 212r, 214r, 218r, 221v) or partial borders (e.g. fols. 75v, 144v, 155r, 181v, 222v), some of which contain busts of saints, putti, fantastic birds and flowers, in almost all cases for the Introit, but a few are for the Collect: fol. vii recto Office, [Q, 6 ll.] Priest standing before an altar; fol. 1r Advent Sunday, [A, 12 ll.] Christ blessing, with full border containing the kneeling figure of Angelo Acciaiuoli surmounted by a cardinal's hat with the Acciaiuoli arms; fol. 8r Christmas Eve, [H, 6 ll.] Saint holding a book; fol. 8v First Mass of Christmas, [D, 6 ll.] Flight into Egypt; fol. 9v Second Mass of Christmas, [L, 6 ll.] Annunciation to the Shepherds; fol. 11v St Stephen, [E, 6 ll.] St Stephen seated; fol. 12v St John the Evangelist, [C, 6 ll.] St John the Evangelist writing a book; fol. 13r Holy Innocents, [E, 6 ll.] Massacre of the Innocents; fol. 14r St Thomas of Canterbury, [G, 6 ll.] St Thomas of Canterbury with sword wounding his head; fol. 16r Circumcision, [P, 6 ll.] St Silvester (an artist’s error resulting from misplacing of the marginal instruction); fol. 16v Epiphany, [E, 10 ll.] Adoration of the Magi; fol. 71v Collect for Palm Sunday procession, [D, 4 ll.] Palm or olive branch; fol. 75v Palm Sunday, [D, 6 ll.] Entry into Jerusalem; fol. 76v Passion Reading for Palm Sunday, [ I, 4 ll.] St Matthew; fol. 81v Passion Reading for Tuesday of Holy Week, [I, 6 ll.] St Mark standing; fol. 86v Passion Reading for Wednesday of Holy Week, [I, 6 ll.] St Luke standing; fol. 90r Maundy Thursday, [N, 7 ll.] Last Supper; fol. 93r Reading from the prophet Hosea at the beginning of the Good Friday liturgy, [H, 6 ll.] Prophet Hosea; fol. 94r Passion Reading for Good Friday, [I, 7 ll.] St John standing; fol. 133r Easter Sunday, [R, 11 ll.] Resurrection; fol. 144v Ascension Day, [V, 8 ll.] Ascension; fol. 148r Pentecost Sunday, [S, 9 ll.] Pentecost, Peoples of the nations of the world, with full border containing the kneeling figure of Angelo Acciaiuoli surmounted by a cardinal's hat with the Acciaiuoli arms; fol. 148r Collect for Pentecost, [D, 4 ll.] Holy Spirit as a Dove; fol. 155r Trinity Sunday, [B, 8 ll.] Throne of Grace Trinity; fol. 156v Corpus Christi, [C, 8 ll.] Chalice on an altar with the paten and Host; fol. 180v Vigil of St Andrew, [D, 6 ll.] St Andrew; fol. 181v St Andrew, [M, 9 ll.] St Andrew seated holding a large cross; fol. 182v St Lucy, [D, 5 ll.] St Lucy; fol. 182v St Thomas Apostle, [M, 6 ll.] St Thomas; fol. 185v Conversion of St Paul, [S, 6 ll.], St Paul; fol. 188v Purification of the Virgin Mary, [S, 8 ll.] Presentation of the Christ Child in the Temple; fol. 191r St Matthias, [D, 5 ll.] St Matthias; fol. 192v Annunciation, [V, 8 ll.] Annunciation; fol. 193v St George, [P, 4 ll.] St George fighting the dragon; fol. 194r St Mark, [D, 6 ll.] St Mark writing in his study; fol. 194v Saints Philip and James, [6 ll.] Saints Philip and James standing; fol. 195r Invention of the Cross, [N, 6 ll.] Discovery of the Cross; fol. 196r St John at the Latin Gate, [D, 5 ll.] St John in the cauldron of boiling oil; fol. 198r St Barnabas, [D, 5 ll.] St Barnabas seated; fol. 200r Vigil of the Nativity of St John the Baptist, [N, 6 ll.] Annunciation to Zacharias, [N, 6 ll.]; fol. 201r Nativity of St John the Baptist, [D, 8 ll.] Birth of St John the Baptist, with full border containing the kneeling figure of Angelo Acciaiuoli surmounted by a cardinal's hat with the Acciaiuoli arms; fol. 201r Collect for St John the Baptist, [D, 4 ll.] The young St John the Baptist going into the desert; fol. 204v Commemoration of St Paul, [D, 7 ll.] Beheading of St Paul; fol. 207v St Mary Magdalen, [N, 4 ll.] St Mary Magdalen; fol. 208v St James, [E, 6 ll.] St James; fol. 209v St Peter's Chains, [N, 6 ll.] St Peter walking out of the prison; fol. 210v St Dominic, [D, 4 ll.] St Dominic; fol. 211v Vigil of St Laurence, [O, 5 ll.] St Laurence holding the gridiron; fol. 212r St Laurence, [C, 7 ll.] Martyrdom of St Laurence, with the Acciaiuoli arms in the border; fol. 214r Assumption, [G, 8 ll.] Assumption; fol. 215v St Bartolomew, [M, 7 ll.] St Bartholomew; fol. 218v Nativity of the Virgin, [S, 8 ll.] Birth of the Virgin; fol. 219v Exaltation of the Cross, [N, 8 ll.] Cross with Instruments of the Passion; fol. 221v St Matthew, [O, 7 ll.] St Matthew; fol. 222v St Michael, [B, 7 ll.] St Michael holding the scales of judgement; fol. 223v St Francis, [G, 6 ll.] St Francis holding a cross; fol. 225v Saints Simon and Jude, [M, 6 ll.] Two fish; fol. 226r All Saints, [G, 8 ll.] Virgin and Child surrounded by saints and angels; fol. 228r St Martin, [S, 6 ll.] St Martin; fol. 229v St Catherine, [D, 5 ll.] St Catherine; fol. 234r Common of Martyrs, [S, 7 ll.] Saint holding a palm; fol. 244r Common of Confessor Bishops, [s, 7 ll.] Bishop blessing; fol. 248v Common of Confessors, not Bishops, [O, 7 ll.] Saint praying; fol. 249v Common of Virgins, [D, 7 ll.] Female saint; fol. 252v Dedication of a Church, [T, 7 ll.] Bishop standing before the door of a church; fol. 254v Votive Mass of the Holy Cross, [N, 5 ll.] Cross with Crown of Thorns; fol. 268r Mass of the Dead, [R, 6 ll.] Skeleton with arms crossed in a tomb.

ORNAMENTATION: Acanthus initials [2-6 ll.] with foliate or ornamental infill (e.g. fols. 131v, 227r); red, blue or violet pen-flourished initials [2-5 ll.] with spray extensions into the borders (e.g. fols. 102r, 105r).


History note: Made for Cardinal Angelo Acciaiuoli (d. 1409)

Place(s) associated

  • Florence

Acquisition and important dates

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


15th Century, Early#
Production date: circa AD 1404

People, subjects and objects depicted


  • Cambridge Illuminated

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Support composed of parchment

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Inscription or legends present

  • Text: mortuis neque de cruce
  • Type: Secundo folio

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MS 30
Primary reference Number: 176358
Project ID: 292
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 27 June 2023 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

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

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