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Historiated initial from a Gradual: Marlay cutting It. 61

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Historiated initial from a Gradual


Rapicano, Nardo (Artist)


PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, 168 x 167 mm, two musical staves ruled in red, two lines of fragmentary text, ruled in brown ink.

CONTENTS: On reverse, part of the introit for the Mass for the fourth Sunday after Easter, [Cantate Domino canticum novum, alleluia: quia mirabilia fecit Dominu]s, alleluia [ante cons]pectum gentium [revelavit justiciam suam, alleluia]; the initial C would have introduced the Introit.

DECORATION: Historiated initial in blue and gold with scrolling foliate extensions on a square ground of solid gold, framed in green laurel: [C] King David kneeling, playing on a psaltery.

Place(s) associated

  • Naples

Acquisition and important dates

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


Fifteenth century, fourth quarter
Circa 1480 CE - Circa 1490 CE

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Materials used in production

Parchment Gold

Techniques used in production

Penwork Illumination

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Accession number: Marlay cutting It. 61
Primary reference Number: 181229
Project ID: 1406
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 3 September 2020 Last processed: Friday 21 May 2021

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

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