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Leaf from a set of Choir books: MS 196

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Current Location: In storage


Leaf from a set of Choir books


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


PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, 560 x 380 mm (375 x 227 mm), 29 long lines, ruled in ink and accommodating five lines of text and five four-line musical staves ruled in red ink on each side of the leaf.

CONTENTS: Responsory for the first lesson of Matins for the second Sunday after Epiphany, Domine ne in ira tua ar/guas me neque in furore tuo corripias me. Miserere michi domine quo[niam] (Ps. 6:1-3).

DECORATION: Historiated initial in graded blue on burnished gold ground, with acanthus leaves extending into full borders containing birds, putti and gold balls: Ps 6:1, [D, 17 ll.] Last Judgement.

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

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Method of acquisition: Bought (1891)


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

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Support composed of parchment Material composed of gold

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Penwork Illumination

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Accession number: MS 196
Primary reference Number: 180469
Project ID: 420
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 1 December 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 24 March 2021

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

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