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Novella in Decretales: MS 331

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Current Location: In storage


Novella in Decretales


Artist: Nascimbene, Nicolò di Giacomo di
Scribe: Bartoli, Bartolomeo dei




PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, 447 x 275 mm (350 x 192 mm), 2 columns, 74 lines, ruled in plummet.

CONTENTS: Iohannes Andreae, Novella in Decretales, beginning of Bk V, De accusationibus, inquisitionibus et denuntiationibus.

DECORATION: Column framed miniature showing a cardinal enthroned as a judge and conducting a court hearing on burnished gold background.

Two historiated initials formed of pink, grey and red acanthus and zoomorphic motifs for the first two titles: [P, 10 ll.], Bishop reading within the bowl of the letter and a caryatid-like figure supporting his cathedra within the shaft of the letter, which extends down the full length of the text column; [S, 7 ll.], Bust of a doctor of law with a book.

ORNAMENTATION: Alternate red and blue penwork initials [2 ll.] with violet or red pen-flourished infill and frames; alternate red and blue paraph signs.


History note: Sotheby’s, London, 25 July 1932, lot 196; purchased by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Place(s) associated

  • Bologna

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Method of acquisition: Given (1932) by The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum


14th Century, third quarter#
Circa 1355 CE - Circa 1365 CE

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