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Historiated initial from a Gradual: Marlay cutting It. 18

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Titles

Historiated initial from a Gradual

Maker(s)

Master of the Murano Gradual (Artist)

Description

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, 305 x 320 mm, four lines of fragmentary text and four fragmentary four-line musical staves ruled in red on reverse.

CONTENTS: The initial introduced the Introit of the Mass for the Assumption of the Virgin, Gaudeamus [omnes in domino diem festem celebrantes sub], which continues on the reverse, honore marie virginis. De cuius assumptione gaudent angeli et collaudant filium dei.

DECORATION: Historiated initial in blue and graded pink foliate forms on a shaped ground of solid gold with painted foliate forms: [G] Dormition of the Virgin, with Saints Peter, Paul and John behind her, and the lame and blind in the foreground.

ORNAMENTATION: The text adjacent to the initial is written in burnished gold on solid blue ground with white highlighting, the music in burnished gold on white staves on painted ground.

Notes

History note: William Young Ottley (1771-1836); his sale, Sotheby’s, London, 11 May 1838, lot 191; Rev. John Fuller; Thomas Miller Whitehead, 1853; note ‘1887. No. 2396’ on earlier cardboard mount

Place(s) associated

  • Venice

Acquisition and important dates

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

Dating

Fifteenth century, first quarter
Production date: circa AD/CE 1420

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Materials used in production

Gold

Components of the work

Support: composed of parchment

Techniques used in production

Illumination

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Identification numbers

Accession number: Marlay cutting It. 18
Primary reference Number: 176542
Project ID: 1369
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 29 September 2021 Last processed: Wednesday 29 September 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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