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Historiated initial from an Antiphoner or Gradual: Marlay cutting It. 66

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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 (Marlay cutting It. 65) and 189 x 210 mm (Marlay cutting It. 66), both reverse sides obscured by paper mounts, traces of musical staves ruled in red ink and fragmentary text with ruling in brown ink on rectos.

CONTENTS: The initial would have introduced the responsory at Matins for the feast of St Andrew Apostle, Dum perambularet Dominus iuxta mare Galiliaeae, vidit Petrum et Andream (Rom 10:4), or the introit to the Mass for the feast of the Vigil of St Andrew, Dominus secus mare galilaea.

DECORATION: Historiated initial formed of complex foliate motifs and a cherub’s face with wings: [D] Christ calling Saints Peter and Andrew.

ORNAMENTATION: Traces of black penwork flourishing to text.


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

Acquisition and important dates

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. 66
Primary reference Number: 176723
Project ID: 1411
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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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