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Historiated initial from a Gradual: Marlay cutting It. 13.ii

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Current Location: In storage


Historiated initial from a Gradual


Artist: Gherarducci, Don Silvestro dei
Artist: Canzoni, Maestro delle
Artist: Rosselli, Niccolo
Artist: Cenni, Cenni di Francesco di Ser




PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, initial approx. 260 x 120 mm, 3 lines of fragmentary text ruled in plummet and two and a half four-line musical staves ruled in red ink.

CONTENTS: Isolated letters and notes on reverse; the initial I would have opened the Introit to the Mass for Easter Monday, Introduxit vos Dominus in terram fluentem lac et mel, Alleluia. Et ut lex domini semper sit in ore vestro, Alleluia, Alleluia. Psalmus. Confitemini domini.

DECORATION: Historiated initial in graded blue, orange, pale yellow and liquid gold with acanthus extensions on a ground of gold leaf: [I] Christ the Redeemer, whose figure forms the initial, holding an image of the Earth inscribed with the three known continents, Asia, Vropia, Africha.


History note: The initials belonged to a choir book made for the Camaldolese Monastery of Santa Maria degli Angeli in Florence: Corale 3 (Gradual), fol. 19; excised during the Napoleonic campaigns, 1797-1809; thereafter: Museo Cavaleri, Milan (ink stamp of the Museo Cavaleri on the reverse of Marlay Cutting It. 13.i; Levi D’Ancona 1978); Charles Brinsley Marlay (1831-1912); his bequest, 1912.

Place(s) associated

  • Florence

Acquisition and important dates

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


14th Century, Late#
Production date: circa AD 1390 : Marlay cuttings It. 13A and MS 5-1979 after 1370-1375 Marlay cutting It. 13.ii c.1409 with additions of c.1450

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  • Cambridge Illuminated

Materials used in production

Gold leaf

Components of the work

Support composed of parchment

Techniques used in production


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Accession number: Marlay cutting It. 13.ii
Primary reference Number: 178352
Project ID: 1364
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 5 February 2024 Last processed: Monday 5 February 2024

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

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