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Border fragment from a liturgical book made for Pope Pius V: Marlay cutting It. 30

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Border fragment from a liturgical book made for Pope Pius V


Artist: Bonfratelli, Apollonio de




PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, full border 323 x 252 mm and a section pasted above the lower bar of the border 21 x 165 mm.

DECORATION: Full decorative border of architectural ornament in gold and colour inhabited by putti (heads and wings only) with central image excised, an image of the loaf and fishes on the pasted in section above the lower bar, an inscription divided among four tablets, one on each side of the border: CUM PENA INFERNI SINT MEDITANDA TIBI, and a further inscription on two plinths on the pasted in section: APOLLONIUS DE BONFRATELLIS DE CAPRANICA FECIT.


History note: Pope Pius V (r. 1566-1572); Abate Luigi Celotti (c.1768-c.1846); his sale, Christie’s, 26 May 1825, lot 82 (Marlay cutting It. 31 only); possibly part of lots 232-243 of the sale of William Young Ottley, Sotheby’s, 11 May 1838 (Marlay cutting It. 32 only); all three in the collection of Thomas Miller Whitehead

Place(s) associated

  • Rome ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

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


16th Century, third quarter#
Circa 1566 CE - Circa 1572 CE

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  • Cambridge Illuminated

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Support composed of parchment

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Accession number: Marlay cutting It. 30
Primary reference Number: 176568
Project ID: 1380
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 2 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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