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Miniature from a Laudario: Marlay cutting It. 83

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Current Location: In storage


Miniature from a Laudario


Artist: Bonaguida, Pacino di, and associates




PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment 190 x 230 mm, miniature 185 x 225 mm, pasted on white cardboard, nine lines of fragmentary text on reverse partially revealed.

CONTENTS: Fragmentary text revealed by the partially removed cardboard:
tanto onore…

DECORATION: Large framed miniatures on burnished gold or coloured backgrounds, some preserving marginal scenes and decoration:
Martyrdoms of St Peter (left) and St Paul (right). St Peter is shown crucified head down between the two monuments, Meta Romuli and Nero’s Terebinthus, near the site of his martyrdom in the Circus of Nero. St Paul’s martyrdom shows him being beheaded at Aquae Salviae (now Tre Fontane), the three springs created, according to legend, as his decapitated head bounced three times, and then returning Plautilla’s veil which was used to blindfold him during the decollation.

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; Thomas Miller Whitehead, acquired in 1855; acquired by Charles Brinsley Marlay (1831-1912) before 1886; his bequest, 1912.

Place(s) associated

  • Florence

Acquisition and important dates

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


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

People, subjects and objects depicted


  • Cambridge Illuminated

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Support composed of parchment

Techniques used in production


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Identification numbers

Accession number: Marlay cutting It. 83
Primary reference Number: 176646
Project ID: 1423
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 2 June 2023 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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