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One leaf from a Laudario: MS 194

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Current Location: In storage


One leaf from a Laudario


Artist: Bonaguida, Pacino di, and associates




PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment 456 x 330 mm, miniature 262 x 202 mm, pasted on white cardboard.

CONTENTS: Easter hymn Colla madre del be[ato gaudiamo]. Although the miniature is pasted on a thick white cardboard, Agostino Ziino, using a photograph taken under ultra-violet light, proposed two possible readings, XXI or LXI, and favoured the former (Ziino 1989, 1468–70). A recent examination, with UV and IR photography, revealed that the number on the reverse is LXII.

DECORATION: Resurrection and Three Marys at the Tomb surrounded by a floral and acanthus border including a peacock, a male and a female member of the Compagnia di Sant’ Agnese shown in supplication in the lower margin, and eight medallion scenes showing (from top left) the risen Christ revealing himself to the Virgin, to Mary Magdalene, to Saints Peter and John, to James the Less, and to two disciples on their way to Emmaus, the Supper at Emmaus, Christ revealing himself to the Apostles, and to the doubting Thomas.

ORNAMENTATION: Alternate blue and red penwork initials [1-2 ll.] with red or violet pen-flourished infill and extensions for the beginning of stanzas.


History note: Compagnia di Sant’ Agnese, Florence, c.1330-1340; William Young Ottley (1771–1836); his sale, Sotheby’s, London, 11 May 1838, lot 178; N.P. Simes, Strood Park, Horsham; his sale, Sotheby’s, London, 9 July 1886, part of lot 1095; purchased by the Museum in 1891.

Place(s) associated

  • Florence

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1891)


14th Century, second quarter
Circa 1330 CE - Circa 1340 CE

People, subjects and objects depicted


  • Cambridge Illuminated

Materials used in production


Components of the work

Support composed of parchment

Techniques used in production

Illumination : Penwork

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MS 194
Primary reference Number: 176643
Project ID: 418
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 1 December 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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