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Leaf from a set of Choir books: MS 197

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Leaf from a set of Choir books


Artist: Pietro, Sano di
Artist: Rossini, Pellegrino di Mariano




PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, 578 x 400 mm (398 x 228 mm), 29 long lines, ruled in ink and accommodating two lines of text and two four-line musical staves ruled in red ink on each side of the leaf

CONTENTS: On reverse (original recto): Antiphon for the psalm Salvum me fac of the first nocturn of Matins for Septuagesima Sunday, [Tu Domine servabis nos et cus]todies nos, followed by Ps[almus] Salvum me fac d[eus]. V[ersiculus] Memor fui nocte nominis tui d[omine]. R[esponsorium] Et custodivi legem tuam; the miniature and initial, which would have been on the original verso, introduced the responsory for the first lesson of Matins for Septuagesima Sunday, In principio fecit Deus celum et ter[ram] (Gen I:1)

DECORATION: Large framed miniature of the Creation of heaven and earth, accompanied by a graded blue initial [I, 17 ll.] on burnished gold ground, with acanthus leaves extending into a full border containing birds, vases, gold balls and putti supporting a wreath medallion with the (overpainted) arms of the Spedale di Santa Maria della Scala in Siena.

ORNAMENTATION: Alternate blue and red penwork initials [2-4 ll.] with reserved ornament.


History note: From the Choir books of the Spedale di Santa Maria della Scala in Siena made during the rectorship of Niccolò Ricoveri (1456-1476/1477); probably belonged to William Young Ottley (1771-1836), as suggested by François Avril (in Avignon 1983, 351), but it has not been possible to identify them among the lots in his sale, Sotheby’s, London, 11-12 May 1838; purchased for the Museum in 1891.

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  • Siena

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1891)


15th Century, third quarter#
Circa 1460 CE - Circa 1477 CE

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  • Cambridge Illuminated

Components of the work

Support composed of parchment
Material composed of gold

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MS 197
Primary reference Number: 180470
Project ID: 421
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 24 February 2023 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

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

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