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Historiated initial from a Gradual: Marlay cutting It. 18

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Current Location: In storage


Historiated initial from a Gradual


Artist: Master of the Murano Gradual




PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, 305 x 320 mm, four lines of fragmentary text and four fragmentary four-line musical staves ruled in red on reverse.

CONTENTS: The initial introduced the Introit of the Mass for the Assumption of the Virgin, Gaudeamus [omnes in domino diem festem celebrantes sub], which continues on the reverse, honore marie virginis. De cuius assumptione gaudent angeli et collaudant filium dei.

DECORATION: Historiated initial in blue and graded pink foliate forms on a shaped ground of solid gold with painted foliate forms: [G] Dormition of the Virgin, with Saints Peter, Paul and John behind her, and the lame and blind in the foreground.

ORNAMENTATION: The text adjacent to the initial is written in burnished gold on solid blue ground with white highlighting, the music in burnished gold on white staves on painted ground.


History note: William Young Ottley (1771-1836); his sale, Sotheby’s, London, 11 May 1838, lot 191; Rev. John Fuller; Thomas Miller Whitehead, 1853; note ‘1887. No. 2396’ on earlier cardboard mount

Place(s) associated

  • Venice

Acquisition and important dates

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


15th Century, Early#
Production date: circa AD 1420

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  • Cambridge Illuminated

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Support composed of parchment

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Accession number: Marlay cutting It. 18
Primary reference Number: 176542
Project ID: 1369
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 14 July 2023 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

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

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