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Historiated initial from an Antiphoner: MS 378

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Current Location: In storage

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Historiated initial from an Antiphoner

Maker(s)

Artist: Libri, Girolamo dai

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Description

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, 183 x 180 mm, two four-line staves ruled in red ink and two lines of fragmentary text on reverse, largely obscured by paper to which they were formerly pasted.

CONTENTS: Part of the second antiphon at Vespers for Trinity Sunday, [Laus et perenni]s glo[ria Deo Patri et Filio], on reverse; the initial G would have introduced the first antiphon, Gloria tibi Trinitas.

DECORATION: Historiated initial formed of stylized acanthus and architectural motifs on burnished gold ground: [G, height of two musical staves and two text lines] Throne of Mercy with heavenly choir, the Father’s triangular halo is inscribed with the initials P[ater], F[ilius] and S[piritus sanctus].

Notes

History note: Probably belonged to William Young Ottley (1771-1836) and may have been sold at his sale, Sotheby’s, London, 11 May 1838, as part of lot 76; in a French collection by the nineteenth century (‘Joubert’ stamped on the red damask backing of the frame in which the initial arrived at the Museum in 1937, round label inscribed ‘L.D.l. B 45’ glued onto damask); Sir George Holford (1860-1926); his sale, Sotheby’s London, 12 July 1927, lot 11; purchased for £340 by Colnaghi for Leonard D. Cunliffe (d. 1937)

Place(s) associated

  • Verona

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1937) by Cunliffe, Leonard Daneham

Dating

Second quarter of 16th century
Circa 1540 CE - Circa 1550 CE

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Project

  • Cambridge Illuminated

Materials used in production

Gold

Components of the work

Support composed of parchment

Techniques used in production

Illumination

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MS 378
Primary reference Number: 178423
Project ID: 3530
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 4 January 2021 Last processed: Wednesday 24 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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