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Milano, Matteo da (Artist)
Arrighi, Ludovico degli (Scribe)


PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, i paper flyleaf + i contemporary parchment flyleaf + 123 fols. (foliated 1-28, 30-105, 107-123) + ii contemporary parchment flyleaves + i paper flyleaf, 109 x 73 mm (61 x 45 mm), 14 long lines, ruled in ink, quire and leaf signatures

BINDING: nineteenth century, red velvet over wooden boards, edges painted red.

fols. 1r-2r Beginning of Gospel of St John
fol. 2r-2v Prayer at the Elevation of the Host, Anima Christi sanctifica me
fols. 2v-3v Prayer at the Elevation of the Chalice, Ave vere sanguis domini
fols. 5r-70v Hours of the Virgin
fols. 72r-83r Rosary of the Virgin
fols. 84r-115v Penitential Psalms and Litany
fols. 107r-115v Fifteen prayers to Christ
fols. 115v-120v Prayer of St Augustine, O dulcissime domine Iesu Christe verus deus
fols. 120v-122r Prayer of St Gregory, O domine Iesu Christe adoro te in cruce pendentem
fol. 122v Prayer before Communion, O lauta cena, o celeste conuito (in Italian)
fol. 123r Prayer before the Crucifix, Segnor che steso nela croce pendi (in Italian)

Two full-page miniatures in architectural frames: fol. 4v Hours of the Virgin, Annunciation; fol. 83v Penitential Psalms, Penitent David looking up to rays in sky.

Title-page for the Rosary written in gold on purple-stained parchment, with cornucopia and fruit (fol. 71v); blue or pink epigraphic capitals [4-8 ll.] with acanthus, fruit, floral or zoomorphic ornament on gold ground or gold initials [6 ll.] with interlace ornament on blue ground for major text divisions, followed by opening words written in gold on coloured scrolls; gold initials [1-2 ll.] on blue or red grounds; alternate blue and red paragraph marks; capitals highlighted in yellow.

Offset of a lost title page, which contained a shield of arms within a circle (fol. 1r);
ownership inscription on recto of parchment flyleaf at front: Allieri Seraphini Clericus accepto die sestente 2 Februari anni 1835 Selecta memoria avi mei Jovannis, ad Allieri Seraphinum; entwined initials ‘DM’ on fol. 1r; Samuel Sandars (1837-1894), purchased from Ellis and White in 1874 (pencil note on verso of paper flyleaf at front); his gift to the Museum, 1892.

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  • Rome

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Method of acquisition: Given (1892) by Sandars, Samuel


Production date: circa AD 1520

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Materials used in production

Gold leaf

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Support composed of parchment

Techniques used in production

Illuminated manuscript

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: neque ex voluntate
  • Type: Secundo folio

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MS 156
Primary reference Number: 176363
Project ID: 387
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 1 December 2020 Last processed: Thursday 8 April 2021

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

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