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Illuminated initial from an Antiphoner: Marlay cutting It. 81

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Illuminated initial from an Antiphoner


Artist: Associate of Nicolò di Giacomo




PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, 110 x 108 mm, two musical staves ruled in red ink, two fragmentary lines of text.

CONTENTS: On reverse, part of the antiphon to the Magnificat for the third day of the third week of Advent, [Elevare, elevare consurge Jerusalem so]lve vincula [colli tui ca]ptiva filia [Sion] (Is. 52:2); the initial, which would have been on the recto of the original leaf, would have introduced the responsory to the first lesson for the third day of the week in the third week of Advent, Aegypte noli flere, quia dominator tuus veniet tibi.

DECORATION: Historiated initial in graded pink on gold ground: [A] The Redeemer appears to two prophets.


History note: Pencil note ‘No 10’ on reverse

Place(s) associated

  • Bologna

Acquisition and important dates

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


14th Century, third quarter#
Production date: circa AD 1368 : Probably 1368

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  • Cambridge Illuminated

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Support composed of parchment

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Accession number: Marlay cutting It. 81
Primary reference Number: 176555
Project ID: 1421
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 3 September 2020 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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