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1492 (made)
Place of origin

Manuscript, Antiphonary, with the Sanctorale and the Common of Saints, Italy (Verona), dated 1492.

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Object details

Object type
TitleAntiphonary (generic title)
Materials and techniques
Brief description
Manuscript, Antiphonary, with the Sanctorale and the Common of Saints, Italy (Verona), dated 1492.
  • Binding height: 56.5cm
  • Width: 42cm
Production typeUnique
Gallery label
Fragmented Illuminations: Medieval and Renaissance Manuscript Cuttings at the V&A, 08/09/2021 - 26/06/2022, rooms 88A-90

Case 3
A Veronese Choirbook
The tiny Latin inscription in the lower border of this choirbook says it was made for the Veronese monastery of San Nazzaro and Celso in 1492. Like the nearby initial of King David playing the lute, its illumination is attributed to the dai Libri family. This book belonged to a set and begins with the Feast of the Assumption of the Virgin (15 August).

Attributed to Francesco Dai Libri and his son Girolamo Dai Libri
Verona, Italy, dated 1492
Ink, gold, watercolour and bodycolour on parchment
Museum no. MSL/1866/4929
Object history
Produced in Verona, for the Monastery of SS. Nazario e Celso in 1492, according to inscription on f. 1r: 'Iste liber est monachorum congregationis sancte Iustine de Padua. In monasterio sanctorum Nazarii et Celsi de Verona commorantium'. Signatus ibidem in inventario numero 62 et littera A', date in red Roman numerals Mo CCCCo Lxxxxij.
Bought by the South Kensington Museum from booksellers T. & W. Boone, for £20; registered 25 April 1866.
Bibliographic references
  • Ker, N.R. Medieval Manuscripts in British Libraries I. Oxford: 1967. pp. 385-386.
  • Castiglioni, G. and Marinelli S. (eds), Miniatura veronese del rinascimento, Museo del Castelvecchio, Verona, 1986. no. 51 (H.-J. Eberhardt; historiated initials attributed to Girolamo dai Libri).
  • Giacomo Baroffio, Iter liturgicum Italicum, Padua: CLEUP, 1999. p. 200, no. 9876.
  • Bollati, M. (ed).Dizionario biografico dei miniatori italiani secoli IX-XVI. Preface by Miklós Boskovits. Milan, 2004. p. 388 (entry on Francesco dai Libri, referring in error to V&A, E.1168-1921, an initial attributed elsewhere to Girolamo dai Libri).
  • Castiglioni, G., and Peretti, G., Per Girolamo dai Libri (ca.1474-1555), pittore e miniatore del Rinascimento veronese, exhibition catalogue, Verona, Museo del Castelvecchio, 12 July 2008-15 February 2009, Verona: Marsilio, 2008. pp. 33, 125.
  • Watson, R. Western Illuminated Manuscripts.Victoria and Albert Museum. A catalogue of works in the National Art Library from the eleventh to the early twentieth century, with a complete account of the George Reid Collection. London, 2011. Vol. II, no. 120.
Other numbers
  • KRP.G.1 - NAL Pressmark
  • 38041800591851 - NAL barcode
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Record createdFebruary 25, 2019
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