Item No: mcai260081
Additional Title: Antiphonary
Rare Book Department
Initial E with a monk praying to God
These cuttings can be dated to ca. 1360-80.
This initial begins the response for the first nocturn of Matins for the Common of One Confessor, "Euge serve bone et fidelis ..." (Well done, good and faithful servant). This identification is confirmed by the fragmentary text on the reverse that comes from the preceding second antiphon for the first nocturn of Matins and psalm reading from Psalm 2, "Quare fremuerunt ..." (Why do [the heathen] rage).
An artist active within the circle of Niccolò di Giacomo da Bologna (fl. ca. 1353- 1401), the most famous and prolific Bolognese illuminator working in the second half of the fourteenth century, illuminated this initial and Lewis E M 26:9, which was taken from the same antiphonary. Niccolò headed a large workshop that produced many choir books for churches and convents in and around Bologna. These cuttings may have come from the same volume or set of choir books as Lewis E M 26:10, but there is not enough evidence to confirm this.
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Lewis E M 26:8-9
Niccolò di Giacomo da Bologna, circle of - Artist