Item No: mcai260331
Title: Historiated initial A from an antiphonary depicting St. Dominic venerated by Dominican nuns
Additional Title: Antiphonary
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Initial M with St. Dominic adored by a group of Dominican nuns
This cutting can be dated to before 1445.
This initial may begin the first response for the first nocturn of Matins of the feast of St. Dominic (Aug. 4), "Mundum vocans ad Agni nuptias ...," (Calling the world to the marriage of the Lamb), although the text on the reverse does not confirm this identification.
This initial has been attributed to an artist working within the circle of the Venetian illuminator Cristoforo Cortese, active from ca. 1399 to before 1445, when a document refers to him as already dead. Several other leaves in the Free Library have also been attributed to Cortese and his circle.
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Lewis E M 26:32-33
Cristoforo Cortese, or follower of - Artist