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Historiated initial from an Antiphoner: Marlay cutting Z. 3

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Current Location: In storage


Historiated initial from an Antiphoner


Artist: Libri, Girolamo dai




PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, 170 x 173 mm, two fragmentary four-line musical staves ruled in red ink and two lines of fragmentary words on reverse, partially obscured by cardboard onto which they were mounted previously.

CONTENTS: Part of Psalm 109 and the antiphon for Matins for the Feast of the Conception of the Virgin (8 Dec.) on reverse: David. Ps[almus] Dixi[t dominus domino meo]…[con]ceptio est hodi[e]; the initial would have introduced the antiphon, Conceptio est hodie.

DECORATION: Historiated initial formed of pink acanthus with green and blue details on gold ground: [C, 2 ll.] St Anne seated on a stone bench within a landscape, the Virgin, dragon at her feet, seated on St Anne’s lap, and the Christ Child standing on the Virgin’s knee, holding an olive branch and blessing.

Place(s) associated

  • Verona

Acquisition and important dates

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


16th Century, second quarter#
Circa 1540 CE - Circa 1550 CE

People, subjects and objects depicted


  • Cambridge Illuminated

Materials used in production


Components of the work

Support composed of parchment

Techniques used in production


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Identification numbers

Accession number: Marlay cutting Z. 3
Primary reference Number: 178990
Project ID: 1428
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 2 September 2020 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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