Item No: mcai100091
Additional Title: Antiphonary
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Initial A with the Resurrection
This cutting can be dated to ca. 1380.
This initial begins the first response of the first nocturn of Matins for Easter Sunday, "Angelus domini descendit de caelo ..." (The Angel of the Lord came down from heaven). Christ rises from a tomb surrounded by soldiers. The Gospel accounts do not describe the moment of Christ's Resurrection; it was a miracle not witnessed by human eyes. Medieval theologians and artists were left, therefore, to deal with the problem of the presence of the guards who are mentioned in the Gospel of Matthew. The solution was to depict them asleep during the miracle, as the soldiers are shown here.
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Lewis E M 10:9