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Miniature from a Gradual: Marlay cutting It. 64

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Miniature from a Gradual


PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, 207 x 199 mm, two four-line musical staves ruled in red, two lines of fragmentary text ruled in brown ink.

CONTENTS: On reverse, part of the Introit to the Mass for Pentecost Sunday: [Spiritus Domini replevit orbem terrarum: et hoc quod continent omnia, scienti]am habet [vocis, all]eluia, all[eluia, alleluia] (Wisdom 1.7; Ps 67.2); the initial S on the recto would have introduced the Introit.

DECORATION: Miniature framed in gold: Pentecost, set within a classical interior.

ORNAMENTATION: Foliate initial [S] on a square ground of solid gold set at the outer edge of the miniature.


History note: Sold by a German bookseller, probably in the nineteenth century (note with lot no. 566 pasted onto old mount; note 566 pencilled twice on reverse)

Place(s) associated

  • Milan ⪼ Central Italy ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

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


Second quarter of 16th century
Production date: circa AD 1530

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Support composed of parchment

Techniques used in production

Penwork Illumination

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Identification numbers

Accession number: Marlay cutting It. 64
Primary reference Number: 178365
Project ID: 1409
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 2 September 2020 Last processed: Friday 21 May 2021

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

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