Item No: mcai280191
Title: Historiated initial D from a gradual, depicting the baptism of Christ
Additional Title: Gradual
Rare Book Department
Initial D with the Baptism of Christ
This initial begins the collect for the feast of the Birth of John the Baptist (June 24), "Deus qui praesentem diem honorabilem nobis in beati Johannis ..." (God, who hast made this day illustrious in our eyes by the birth of the Blessed John).
This cutting and several others in the Free Library's collections were illuminated by the so-called Master B. F., after the initials inscribed in another cutting by the same artist now in the Museo Diocesano in Lodi, Italy. Some scholars have argued that the initials stand for Francesco Binasco (also known as Francesco da Lonate), an illuminator who worked at the court of the Sforza, the ruling family of Milan in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.
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Lewis E M 28:19
Master B.F. (Francesco Binasco?) - Artist