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Historiated initial mounted within a roundel with medallion scenes: MS 269-1949

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Current Location: In storage


Historiated initial mounted within a roundel with medallion scenes




PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, diameter of roundel 145 mm, diameter of initial 60 mm, both pasted on cardboard.

DECORATION: Historiated initial [probably O] enclosing the half-length figure of a hermit saint, possibly St John the Baptist.

Marble ground roundel containing the emblems of the Passion (Judas’s hand with pieces of silver, chalice or ointment jar, dice, lantern, seamless robe, head of one of Christ’s mockers, hammer and pincers, whip lashers, cockerel, Flagellation column with Crown of Thorns, scourges, nails, cross, Veronica’s sudarium, heads of St Peter and a serving maid, Christ’s crucified hand, lance and sponge) and eight medallions with miniatures in grisaille (from top left down and around): St Mary of Egypt or St Mary Magdalene, St Paul the first hermit, St Alexius as a pilgrim lying beneath stairs while a servant pours slops down on him, St Jerome in penitence before crucifix with the lion beside him, Mocking of Christ, Flagellation, Carrying of the Cross, Crucifixion.

Place(s) associated

  • Bologna ⪼ Italy
  • Parma ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1949) by Dew-Smith, Mrs Alice


15th Century, Late
Circa 1490 CE - Circa 1500 CE

People, subjects and objects depicted


  • Cambridge Illuminated

Materials used in production


Components of the work

Support composed of parchment

Techniques used in production


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Identification numbers

Accession number: MS 269-1949
Primary reference Number: 176494
Project ID: 3551
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 4 January 2021 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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