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Historiated initial from a Gradual: MS 5-1979

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Current Location: In storage


Historiated initial from a Gradual


Artist: Gherarducci, Don Silvestro dei
Artist: Canzoni, Maestro delle
Artist: Rosselli, Niccolo
Artist: Cenni, Cenni di Francesco di Ser




PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, 170 x 165 mm, initial 150 x 145 mm, mounted on cardboard.

CONTENTS: The initial D, pasted on cardboard, would have opened the Introit to the Mass for the feast of St Clement (23 November), Dicit dominus sermones mei.

DECORATION: Historiated initial in graded blue, orange, pale yellow and liquid gold with acanthus extensions on a ground of gold leaf: [D] St Clement holding a book and blessing.


History note: The initial belonged to a set of three choir books made for the Camaldolese Monastery of Santa Maria degli Angeli in Florence: Corale 2 (Gradual), fol. 159; excised during the Napoleonic campaigns, 1797-1809; thereafter: J.H. Fitzhenry; Sir Thomas Ralph Merton (1888-1969), acquired by 1950; purchased by the Museum in 1979.

Place(s) associated

  • Florence

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1979)


14th Century, second half
Circa 1370 CE - Circa 1375 CE

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  • Cambridge Illuminated

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Support composed of parchment

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MS 5-1979
Primary reference Number: 176559
Project ID: 3607
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 5 February 2024 Last processed: Monday 5 February 2024

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

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