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Initial from an Antiphoner: MS Marlay 18.i

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Initial from an Antiphoner

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Description

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, 238 x 217 mm, three lines of fragmentary text and three fragmentary four-line musical staves ruled in red on reverse

CONTENTS: The initial introduced the antiphon for Lauds on Easter Sunday, Angelus domini descendit de caelo et accedens, which continues on the reverse, revolvit lapid[em et se]debat super eum…alleluya alleluya.

DECORATION: Historiated initial formed of stylized masonry on burnished gold ground, with green branches and laurel leaves, symbolic of the Resurrection, growing through the masonry and terminating in a blue flower: [A, 3 text lines and 3 musical staves] Resurrection, with the Angel lifting the lid of the tomb, as the soldiers fall backwards and the two Women approach from the distance.

Notes

History note: Pierre-Henri Gélis Didot (1853–1902); his sale, Paris, 12–13 April 1897, lot 111 (nos. 1-3)

Place(s) associated

  • Padua ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1912) by Marlay, Charles Brinsley

Dating

Fifteenth century, third quarter
Production date: circa AD 1460

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  • Cambridge Illuminated

Materials used in production

Gold

Components of the work

Support composed of parchment

Techniques used in production

Illumination

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MS Marlay 18.i
Primary reference Number: 176528
Project ID: 1347
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 13 October 2022 Last processed: Thursday 13 October 2022

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

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