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Historiated initial from an Antiphoner or Gradual: Marlay cutting It. 65

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Current Location: In storage


Historiated initial from an Antiphoner or Gradual


Artist: Libri, Girolamo dai




PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, 200 x 211 mm , reverse side obscured by paper mounts, traces of musical staves ruled in red ink and fragmentary text with ruling in brown ink on recto.

CONTENTS: The initial probably introduced the text Viri Galilei, quid admiramini aspicientes in caelum? (Acts 1: 11), either the introit for the Feast of the Ascension, or the first antiphon at Lauds for the same feast.

DECORATION: Historiated initial formed of complex foliate motifs with masks on a ground of solid gold: [V] Ascension.


History note: Possibly from the collection of Pierre-Henri Gélis-Didot (1853-1902); not yet identified in the multi-part lots in his sale, Paris 12-13 April 1897

Place(s) associated

  • Verona

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


15th Century, Late
Production date: circa AD 1490

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  • Cambridge Illuminated

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Support composed of parchment

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Accession number: Marlay cutting It. 65
Primary reference Number: 176619
Project ID: 1410
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 2 September 2020 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

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

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