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Manuscript

Manuscript

  • Place of origin:

    Italy (illuminated)

  • Date:

    ca. 1450-1475 (illuminated)

  • Artist/Maker:

    de' Rigossi da Gallarate, Bartolomeo (illuminator)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Water-based pigments, gilding and ink on parchment

  • Museum number:

    799-1894

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case I, shelf 81, box V

There was increasing specialisation towards the end of the Middle Ages, and as part of this process miniature painting became a separate activity within the book trade. A number of the miniature painters who illuminated choirbooks and liturgical manuscripts in Italy can be identified by name. This miniature is signed 'BARTOLOMEUS OPUS DE GALARATE' in the hem of one of the saints' cloaks, and is the work of Barolomeo de' Rigossi da Gallarate, a name that links him with the area around Milan.

Physical description

Specimen of a manuscript

Place of Origin

Italy (illuminated)

Date

ca. 1450-1475 (illuminated)

Artist/maker

de' Rigossi da Gallarate, Bartolomeo (illuminator)

Materials and Techniques

Water-based pigments, gilding and ink on parchment

Dimensions

Height: 150 mm, Width: 145 mm

Historical context note

Data taken from notes compiled by Rowan Watson. The full text of the entry is as follows:

'799-1894 (MS 984)
CHOIR BOOK
Cut-out historiated initial C (laurel-leaf and foliate letter-shape on a burnished gold ground, two mitred saints holding croziers and books, one of them St Ambrose[?], the hem of one with lettering BARTOLOMEUS OPUS DE GALARATE, within an architectural apse in a receding landscape, attributed to Bartolomeo Rigossi)

Text:.../Alleluia alle/...

Italy (Milan ?). 15th century, 3rd quarter
150 x 145 mm.

On verso part of a line of music (stave of 4 red lines, 40 mm)
visible; square notation

Pub; 1908 cay, 85; 1923 cat, 78-79; Levi d'Ancone, Wildenstein Coll., 1970, p. 81 plate XXII, fig. 12 `Wiener Jahrbuch für Kunstgechichte', XLVI/XLVII, 1 (1993-4), pp. 334, 460 plate 3.'

Descriptive line

Cut-out historiated initial C (laurel-leaf and foliate letter shape on a burnished gold ground, two mitred saints holding croziers and books, one of them St Ambrose [?], the hem of one with lettering BARTOLOMEUS OPUS DE GALARATE, within an architectural apse in a receding landscape, attributed to Bartolomeo Rigossi; Italian (Milan?); 3rd quarter of the 15th century A duplicate number MS.984 was assigned to this object in error and was subsequently cancelled.

Techniques

Illumination

Categories

Christianity; Manuscripts; Religion

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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