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Leaf from a set of Choir books: MS 198

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Titles

Leaf from a set of Choir books

Maker(s)

Pietro, Sano di (Artist)
Rossini, Pellegrino di Mariano (Artist)

Description

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, 588 x 400 mm (360 x 235 mm) 23 long lines, ruled in ink and accommodating two lines of text and two four-line musical staves ruled in red ink on the original recto of the leaf, and twelve lines of text on the original verso.

CONTENTS: On reverse (original recto): two musical staves and two lines of text containing the Antiphon for the first psalm of the first nocturn of Vespers for a Sunday in the Easter season, Aleluia. Euoue Dixit dominus [Domino meo sede a dextris meis] Euoue; the initial, which would have been on the original verso, introduced Ps. 109:1-2, Dixit dominus domino meo…virgam virtutis tuae emittet dominus

DECORATION: Historiated initial in graded blue on burnished gold ground, with acanthus leaves extending into full borders containing birds, putti and gold balls: Ps 109:1, [D, 11 ll.] King David enthroned, flanked by two attendants, and trampling on an enemy.

ORNAMENTATION: Alternate blue and red penwork initials [2-4 ll.] with reserved ornament, and red and blue pen-flourished infill and frames.

Notes

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.

Place(s) associated

  • Siena

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1891)

Dating

Fifteenth century, third quarter
Circa 1460 CE - Circa 1477 CE

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Components of the work

Support composed of parchment Material composed of gold

Techniques used in production

Penwork Illumination

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MS 198
Primary reference Number: 180471
Project ID: 422
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 1 December 2020 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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