Item No: mcai720041
Additional Title: Gradual
Rare Book Department
Initial G with St. Bassian of Lodi
These cuttings can be dated to ca. 1395. Cuttings are sister leaves to E M 28:2-:23 and two other leaves, one in Bloomington, Indiana University, The Lilly Library, C. L. Ricketts Coll, L. 3, and another in a private collection in Milan.
This initial begins the Introit for Mass for the feast of St. Bassian of Lodi (Jan. 19), "Gaudemus omnes in domino diem festum celebrantes sub honore Beati Bassiani ..." (Rejoice we all in the Lord as we keep the feast day in honor of the Blessed Bassiani). St. Bassian (d. 413) was bishop of the Lombard city of Lodi, and a friend of the Church Father Ambrose of Milan.
Until his identity was determined by documentary evidence, the illuminator Tomasino da Vimercate was previously known as the anonymous Master of the Modena Hours after his most characteristic work in a book of hours now in the Biblioteca Estense in Modena, Italy. Tomasino was active in Milan where he worked for ecclesiastical and lay patrons from ca. 1390 to 1415. He illuminated seven other leaves in the Free Library's collection (Lewis E M 27:22-23). This group of leaves and cuttings (Lewis E M 72:4-10) comes from the same series of choir books.
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Lewis E M 72:4-10
Tomasino da Vimercate - Artist