Item No: mcai460071
Additional Title: Gradual
Rare Book Department
Initial A with Christ appearing to David and a group of Camaldolese monks
This cutting can be dated to ca. 1400.
This initial begins the Introit for the first Sunday in Advent, "Ad te levavi animam meam ..." (I raise my soul to you). Here, Christ appears above a group of Camaldolese monks and the Old Testament king David, who looks up at him expectantly. This non-biblical scene captures the spirit of the Advent season when Christians prepare for the celebrations of the historic birth of Christ as well as his Second Coming at the end of time.
This initial has been attributed to the Sienese illuminator Andrea di Bartolo, an artist active in Siena from ca. 1390 to his death in 1428.
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Lewis E M 46:7
Andrea di Bartolo - Artist