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Illuminated manuscript, cutting - Initial O

Initial O

  • Object:

    Illuminated manuscript, cutting

  • Place of origin:

    Italy (made)

  • Date:

    14th century-15th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Cortese, Cristoforo (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Illumination on vellum, in rose madder and green on a panel of stamped and burnished gold

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Captain John Ball

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case I, shelf 78

Physical description

Initial O from a choirbook. Within the initial, on a blue background patterned with white, is a man in a salmon pink robe holding a club in his right hand.

Place of Origin

Italy (made)


14th century-15th century (made)


Cortese, Cristoforo (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Illumination on vellum, in rose madder and green on a panel of stamped and burnished gold


Height: 4.625 in, Width: 4.875 in

Descriptive line

Initial O from a choirbook, attributed to Cristoforo Cortese (Venetian, XIV-XV centuries)

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Dalla Bibbia di Corradino a Jacopo della Quercia. Sculture miniature
italiane del Medioevo e del Rinascimento, exhibition catalogue ed. by A. Bacchi, Milan, Galleria Nella Longari, 1997, pp. 128-129, cat. no. 50 by M. Bollati, p. 128.
Victoria and Albert Museum, Department of Engraving, Illustration and Design and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1925, London: Board of Education, 1926.






Manuscripts; Christianity


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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