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Initial from a Gradual: Marlay cutting It. 19

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Current Location: In storage


Initial from a Gradual


Master of the Arcimboldi Missal (Artist)
Crivelli, Protasio (Artist)


PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, 150 x 151 mm, two four-line musical staves ruled in red and two fragmentary lines of text ruled in pale brown ink on reverse.

CONTENTS: On reverse, fragmentary text from an antiphon used in the Mass for the Feast of the Assumption: reuertere su[lamitis. reu]ertere reuerte[re ut intueamur te] (Cant 6, 12-13); the initial G would have opened the introit to the Mass for the Feast of the Assumption, Gaudeamus omnes.

DECORATION: Historiated initial with letter formed of zoomorphic and foliate forms, on a solid gold ground with angels, leaves and jewel motifs: [G] Assumption of the Virgin.


History note: The Rev. Montague Taylor, who lent it to the exhibition at the South Kensington Museum in June 1862 (no. 6895); sold at Sotheby’s, May 19-21, 1897, lot 137

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


Late 15th century
Circa 1490 CE - Circa 1499 CE

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Accession number: Marlay cutting It. 19
Primary reference Number: 176543
Project ID: 1370
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 2 September 2020 Last processed: Friday 21 May 2021

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

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