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Manuscript cutting

  • Place of origin:

    Rome (city) (illuminated)

  • Date:

    ca. 1523 (illuminated)
    19th century (collage)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Raymond, Vincent (illuminator)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Water-based pigments, gilding and ink on parchment

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, room WS, case R, shelf 18, box L

In the 19th century it became common practice in Italy to dismember illuminated books. This was done to satisfy collectors. This is a montage of cut-out decoration from a choirbook that came from the Sistine Chapel in Rome. It was made for Pope Clement VII (ruled 1523-34). The frame dates from the early 19th century. We know that the illuminator, Vincenzo Raimondi (the Frenchman, Vincent Raymond), was in Rome from the 1520s. He was made papal illuminator in 1549, and died in 1557. In 1549 Paul III called him 'our illuminator [miniatorem] for the Chapel and Sacristy, for life'.

Physical description

Specimen of a manuscript

Place of Origin

Rome (city) (illuminated)


ca. 1523 (illuminated)
19th century (collage)


Raymond, Vincent (illuminator)

Materials and Techniques

Water-based pigments, gilding and ink on parchment


Height: 12.25 in, Width: 10 in

Historical context note

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

MONTAGE of cuttings from Sistene chape; Choir Books
Cut-out decoration made up as a single leaf, with a miniature (Decollation of St Paul, by Vincent Raymond) and four Evangelists in corners

Italy (Rome). c.1523

Celotti sale, 1825; spitzer Colliction; Salting 1225.
Pub: Voelkle & Wieck, 1992 fig 11; 1923 cat, 89'

Descriptive line

Montage of cut-out decoration from a Sistine Chapel choirbook made for Clement VII (1523-1534), with a miniature of the Decollation of St Paul, illuminated by Vincenzo Raimondi; Rome; ca 1520s


Parchment; Ink; Pigments


Illumination; Writing

Subjects depicted



Manuscript cutting; Manuscripts; Medieval and renaissance


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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