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Leaf for the feast of the Assumption from a Missal

  • Object:

    Manuscript cutting

  • Place of origin:

    Umbria (Historical region assigned by Mirella Levi D'Ancona, made)

  • Date:

    14th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Coloured pigments, burnished gold leaf and mosaic gold, and ink on parchment (animal skin prepared to receive writing and/or images).

  • Museum number:

    1489

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case I, shelf 77

This leaf (cutting) is for the feast of the Assumption (15 August; when the Virgin Mary's body was assumed into Heaven after her death), and is from a mid-late 14th century Italian Missal (a service book containing the texts necessary for the performance of the Mass together with cermonial directions). The historiated initial 'F' (a letter containing an identifiable scene or figures, sometimes relating to the text) shows four angels lifting Mary, who sits enthroned, upward.

Physical description

A leaf, from a Missal, that introduces the Mass for the feast of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary (15 August) probably made in Umbria in the mid-late 14th century. Double-sided. Written in black ink with red rubrics (a title, chapter heading, or instruction that is not strictly part of the text but helps to identify it). Colour pigments, gold leaf, and ink.

Two columns of text (Southern Gothic Textualis) are separated on the page with delicate and elaborate acanthus leaf and foliate (floral and leaf shapes) decoration along the length of the left margin and along the length of the bas-de-page (bottom of the page).

Recto: Two text columns with rubrics. One red initial 'R' with blue penwork (fine linear embellishment). One blue initial 'I' with red penwork. One historiated initial 'A' with colour pigments and burnished gold leaf (gold paint that has been polished to shine). Foliate marginalia (writing or decorations in the margins of a manuscript) in the left border with three small male figures enclosed in folaite circles.

Verso: Two text columns in black ink with red rubrics. One red initial 'I' with blue penwork; one red initial 'B' with no penwork; one blue initial 'M' with red penwork; one red initial 'B; with blue penwork; one blue initial 'Q' with red penwork.

Place of Origin

Umbria (Historical region assigned by Mirella Levi D'Ancona, made)

Date

14th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Coloured pigments, burnished gold leaf and mosaic gold, and ink on parchment (animal skin prepared to receive writing and/or images).

Dimensions

Height: 365 mm Leaf, Width: 255 mm

Object history note

This leaf is from an Italian Missal probably made in Umbria around the mid-late 14th century. The text (on both sides) is written in Southern Gothic Textualis script. The small size of the script and initials, and the lack of music suggests that this folio (a sheet of writing material; from the Latin for 'leaf') comes from a manuscript likley intended to be read from a closer distance, not fro futher away by a choir.

Initials
Recto: Pink initial 'A' accented with white and burnished gold leaf and mosaic gold. Set against a blue background, foliate marginalia decorates the ledt side and a small angels sits in the bottom left corner. Redinitial 'R' with blue penwork and blue initial 'I' with red penwork (one initial in each text column).

Verso: Red initial 'I' with blue penwork in left text column; red initial 'B' with no penwork in right column; blue initial 'M' with red penwork in right column; red initial 'L' with blue penwork in rigth column; red initial 'B' with blue penwork in right column; blue initial 'Q' with red penwork in right column.

Decoration
Recto: Foliate marginalia runs along the left margin and fills the entire bas-de-page. Pink, orange, green acanthus leaves, accented with mosiac gold and burnished gold leaf, comprise the marginalia. In the bas-de-page are three male figures each encircled in a foliate medallion. Each figure wears a pink tunic, has a beard, holds a club, and wears a grey cap (likley intended to be the same figure).

Text
Recto: Introit (the choral song at the beginning of the Mass) for the Assumption of the Virgin: 'Gaudeamus omnes in Domino...'

Oratio (a set of invocative prayers) for the Assumptin of the Virgin: 'Famulorum...'

Reading from the Book of Wisdom (Libri Sapientiae) Ecclesiaticus 24: 11 - 18 (rest of the text continues on missing page): 'In omnibus requiem quaesivi...'

Descriptive line

Leaf for the feast of the Assumption from a Missal; Italian; 14th century

Materials

Parchment; Pigments; Ink; Gold leaf

Techniques

Illumination

Subjects depicted

Angels

Categories

Religion; Christianity; Manuscripts; Medieval and renaissance; Manuscript cutting

Production Type

Unique

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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