Item No: mcai280171
Title: Historiated initial C from an antiphonary, with a Saint, possibly St. Ambrose, praying to God
Additional Title: Antiphonary
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Initial C with a Saint, possibly St. Ambrose, praying to God
The exact moment in the liturgy that this initial begins remains to be determined. Iconographic evidence points to the identification of this saint as St. Ambrose, bishop of Milan (c. 340 - April 4, 397) and one of the Doctors of the Church. The saint is often depicted with the thrice-knotted scourge, which is visible over the kneeling figure's left shoulder in this initial.
Paleographic evidence indicates that Lewis E M 28:16 and 17 may have come from the same volume or series of choir books. Both cuttings were illuminated by Venturino Mercati, a Lombard illuminator who was active ca. 1473 -1480.
This cutting can be dated to ca. 1470-1480.
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Lewis E M 28:17
Venturino Mercati - Artist