Item Info

Item No: mcai260221
Additional Title: Antiphonary
Language: Latin
Folio Number: front 26:22
Source: Rare Book Department
Notes: Initial U with Joseph's dream of the sun, moon, and eleven stars
Notes: This cuttings can be dated to ca. 1260-1270.
Notes: This initial begins the first response for the first nocturn of Matins for the third Sunday in Lent, "Videntes Ioseph a longe loquebantur mutuo fratres ..." (Seeing Joseph in the distance, the brothers said to one another).

This cutting and its sister cuttings (Lewis E M 26:20-29), all from the same antiphonary, are some of the earliest examples of medieval Italian manuscript illumination in the Free Library's collection. Nearly thirty years after the execution of these initials, the character of Italian illumination and painting would fundamentally change under the leadership of artists such as the Florentine painter Giotto. The abstract tendencies in medieval art seen in these cuttings would eventually give way to a more naturalistic approach to representation, marking the beginning of the Renaissance in the history of art.
Sirsi Catalog Key: 1677933
Country: Country:Italy
City/Town/Township:Padua or Venice

Creation Year (Single Year or Range Begin): 1299
Image Dimensions Width: 71 mm
ShelfMark: Lewis E M 26:20-29