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Fragment from a Book of Hours: MS 1-1979

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Current Location: In storage


Fragment from a Book of Hours


Artist: Milano, Matteo da




PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, i paper flyleaf + ii modern parchment flyleaves + 28 fols. + ii modern parchment flyleaves + iii paper flyleaves, 212 x 140 mm (140 x 90 mm), 24 long lines, ruled in light brown ink.

BINDING: sixteenth century, gold-tooled and gold-stamped limp vellum, sewn on three supports, central medallion with gold-stamped coat of arms (over-painted).

fols. 1r–5v Penitential psalms
fols. 5v–11r Litany with collects
fols. 11r–12v Obsecro te
fols. 12v–13r Prayer attributed to St Augustine, Deus propitius esto michi peccatori
fols. 13r–14v Prayers to Saints George, Christopher and Sebastian
fol. 15r Apostles’ Creed
fols. 15r–18r Prayers to St John the Evangelist, the Trinity, the Holy Face and the Virgin
fols. 18r–20r Prayer attributed to St Augustine, O dulcissime domine Yhesu Christe verus deus
fols. 20r–22r Prayer to the Virgin, Missus est Gabriel angelus
fols. 23r–28r Calendar

DECORATION: Historiated initial formed of stylized acanthus and cameos on gold ground with full border of flowers, jewels and cameos on black ground: fol. 1r Penitential Psalms, [D, 9 ll.] David in prayer.

ORNAMENTATION: Alternate gold and blue initials [3 ll.] with blue or red pen-flourished infill, frames and extensions; alternate gold and blue one-line initials with blue or red pen flourishing; capitals highlighted in yellow, with occasional calligraphic ornament.


History note: Ferdinandus (name found in three prayers, fols. 10r, 14r and 18v); coat of arms gold-stamped on both covers and over-painted chequy, gules and sable, or and sable (Benedetto), or argent and sable (Grimani); ‘Gracia F. ab. Brescia 1776’ (ownership inscription on verso of last paper flyleaf at end); pressmark N.10 written on verso of first paper flyleaf at front; purchased by F.J. Norton at Sotheby’s before 1939 and presented by him to the Museum in 1979.

Place(s) associated

  • Rome ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1979) by Norton, F. J.


16th Century, Early#
Circa 1512 - Circa 1515

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: approximant ad te
  • Type: Secundo folio

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: MS 1-1979
Primary reference Number: 176518
Project ID: 3604
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 8 December 2023 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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