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Miniature from an Antiphoner: MS McClean 201.17

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Current Location: In storage


Miniature from an Antiphoner


Artist: Cortese, Cristoforo




PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, 260 x 370 mm, three lines of text ruled in pale brown ink and three four-line musical staves ruled in red ink on reverse.

CONTENTS: The image introduced the responsory for the first Matins lesson for the feast of Corpus Christi, Im[m]olauit [haedum multitudo filiorum Israel]; on the reverse (the recto of the original leaf), Ps. 2, Cum invocarem (the middle psalm of the first nocturn preceding the first Matins lesson), and the antiphon for this psalm, Communione calicis quo deus ipse sumitur.

DECORATION: Large miniature of the Last Supper, accompanying an ornamental initial and surrounded by two-sided foliate border.

ORNAMENTATION: Initial [I, 2 text lines and 2 musical staves] formed of stylized foliage and acanthus on burnished gold ground, with the remaining letters of the word (Imola) and the accompanying musical notation in burnished gold leaf on blue ground; on reverse, pink initial [C, 1 text line and 1 musical stave] with foliate infill on burnished gold ground.

Place(s) associated

  • Venice
  • Bologna ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1904) by McClean, Frank


Fifteenth century, second quarter
Circa 1425 CE - Circa 1435 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 McClean 201.17
Primary reference Number: 176522
Project ID: 1506
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 5 January 2021 Last processed: Saturday 27 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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