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Historiated initial from an Antiphoner: MS 278b

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Current Location: In storage


Historiated initial from an Antiphoner


Artist: Nascimbene, Nicolò di Giacomo di




PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, 380 x 265 mm, initial 320 x 205 mm, three four-line musical staves ruled in red ink and the first line of a fourth stave, on the reverse three lines of fragmentary text ruled in plummet and three four-line musical staves ruled in red ink.

CONTENTS: The initial would have introduced the antiphon for first Vespers for the feast of St Thomas Aquinas, F[elix Thomas doctor ecclesie lumen mundi splendour Italie], which continues on the verso, [cande]ns virgo flore [mund]itie bina gau[det cor]ona glorie. Ps[almus. Laudate pueri].

DECORATION: Historiated initial formed of pale pink acanthus on gold ground and surrounded by two-sided borders of acanthus, foliage and gold balls: [F] St Thomas Aquinas teaching.


History note: Captain Gilpin (nineteenth-century ownership inscription on previous frame); purchased from Frank T. Sabin by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum and presented in 1915.

Place(s) associated

  • Bologna

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Method of acquisition: Given (1915) by The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum


14th Century, second half
Circa 1370 CE - Circa 1380 CE

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