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Leaf from a Book of Hours: MS 11-2001

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Current Location: In storage


Leaf from a Book of Hours


Artist: Buono, Mariano del




PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, 120 x 86 mm (60 x 40 mm), 12 long lines ruled in brown ink.

CONTENTS: Rubric Das sind di siben psalm, followed by the incipit of Psalm 6 in Latin, DOMINE, and the German translation, Herr straf mich nicht in deinem grimm noch (continuing on reverse) zuchtig mich in deinem zorn. Erparm dich uber mich wan ich krankch pin; hail mich wan mein gepai[n] sind der pidempt. Wnd mein seel ist serbetrubt; wie lang pistu herr. Wecher herre und erlos mein seel: mach mich selig durch dein parmu[n]g. Wan

DECORATION: Historiated initial [D, 9 ll.] formed of acanthus in gold ink with pearls and stylised ornament on blue ground showing the Penitent David in the wilderness and surrounded by a full floral border with putti, pearls, gems, a vignette with Goliath’s severed head and medallions enclosing busts of God (top centre), Jeremiah (top right), Isaiah (bottom left) and another prophet (bottom right).

ORNAMENTATION:Gold one-line initials on alternate red and blue background for Psalm verses; opening word written in calligraphic capitals with penwork ornament in black ink on alternate lines.


History note: This leaf belonged to a Book of Hours which was presented by a Nuremberg nun to a ‘mein[er] herzen liebe Frau Elzerlin’ in 1542, belonged to the Servite Monastery of St Karl Boromäus in Volders in the Tirol by 1704, and was in the Servite Monastery at Innsbruck (MS 9.A; Hermann 1905, no. 122, with evidence for earlier provenance) until the Second World War (Cermann 2010); the leaf was acquired in Switzerland by a dealer based in Hartford, Connecticut, and sold by him in the early 1960s to the private collector who offered it at Sotheby’s, London, 5 Dec. 2000, lot 33 (copy of his letter to Sotheby’s dated 23 August 2000 kept on file); acquired at the Sotheby’s sale by Bernard Quaritch and purchased from them by the Fitzwilliam Museum in March 2001.

Measurements and weight

Height: 120 mm
Width: 85 mm

Place(s) associated

  • Florence

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (2001-03-16) by Bernard Quaritch


15th Century, third quarter#
Production date: circa AD 1480

People, subjects and objects depicted


  • Cambridge Illuminated

Materials used in production


Components of the work

Support composed of parchment

Techniques used in production

Illumination : Penwork

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MS 11-2001
Primary reference Number: 32075
Project ID: 1262
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 11 September 2023 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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