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Historiated initial from an Antiphoner: Marlay cutting It. 40

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Current Location: In storage


Historiated initial from an Antiphoner


Scribe: Veneziano, Venturino
Artist: Battista da Udine, Giovan




PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, 152 x 138 mm, two lines of fragmentary text and two fragmentary four-line musical staves ruled in red ink on reverse.

CONTENTS: The initial O would have introduced the antiphon to the psalms for first Vespers at Epiphany in the liturgy of San Marco, Venice, O admirabile commercium, creator generis humani animatum corpus sumen, de Virgini nasci dignatus est; a fragment of its continuation is on the reverse, [et procedens homo sine semine largitus] est nobis [suum deitatum].

DECORATION: Historiated initial formed of acanthus and grotesque profiles on burnished gold ground: [O] Adoration of the Magi.


History note: Basilica of San Marco, Venice

Place(s) associated

  • Venice

Acquisition and important dates

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


16th Century, third quarter#
Circa 1567 CE - Circa 1572 CE

People, subjects and objects depicted


  • Cambridge Illuminated

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Support composed of parchment

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Identification numbers

Accession number: Marlay cutting It. 40
Primary reference Number: 176549
Project ID: 1384
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 24 March 2021 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

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

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