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Illuminated leaf from a manuscript of Gratian’s Decretum with the Glossa ordinaria of Bartolomeo da Brescia: Marlay cutting It. 4

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Illuminated leaf from a manuscript of Gratian’s Decretum with the Glossa ordinaria of Bartolomeo da Brescia


Artist: The Marlay Gratian atelier
Author: Gratian
Author: Brescia, Bartolomeo da




PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, columns and lines ruled in plummet, running headers. 4 443 x 294 mm (recto 308 x 232 mm, verso 416 x 249 mm), two text columns of 36 lines and two gloss columns of 75 lines on recto, two text columns of 32 lines and two gloss columns of 103 lines on reverse (original recto).

CONTENTS: Gratian, Decretum, Part II. Causa VII (A bishop recovers from illness after a successor has been appointed; Melnikas 1975, I, 275-303)

DECORATION: Marlay cutting It. 4r: One-column miniature: Bishop (without any attributes) lies in his sick bed while a lawyer addresses a couple of bystanders.

Main text: Inhabited initial with half-length portrait, letter painted in graded pink or grey on gold grounds and extending into acanthus sprays to form partial borders, for Causae: Marlay cutting It. 4r [Q, 8 ll.] Sleeping woman, [Q, 3ll.] Head; Marlay cutting It. 4v [Q, 4 ll.] Head.

Gloss: Foliate initials in pink or grey on blue grounds with small acanthus extensions, for major divisions (corresponding to both large and small inhabited initials in the main text); alternate red and blue initials [2 ll.] embedded within column with blue or red pen flourishing for minor divisions (corresponding to pen-flourished initials in the main text); voided paraph marks with alternate red and blue display capitals [2-gloss ll.] with minor flourishing in blue or red (guide letters in upper margin) for quaestiones; alternate red and blue paraph marks; simple geometric line-fillers in brown ink to even up gloss columns at the end of Causae.

Inter-column decoration: The space between text and gloss columns is decorated with foliate, acanthus and gold disc partial borders and zoomorphic motifs: Marlay cutting It. 4r Reclining man.

Place(s) associated

  • Bologna

Acquisition and important dates

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


Fourteen century, first quarter
Production date: circa AD 1320

People, subjects and objects depicted


  • Cambridge Illuminated

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Components of the work

Support composed of parchment

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Identification numbers

Accession number: Marlay cutting It. 4
Primary reference Number: 178726
Project ID: 1362
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 2 September 2020 Last processed: Friday 21 May 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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