Item Info

Item No: mcai740011
Additional Title: Gradual
Script: Rotunda
Language: Latin
Folio Number: front
Source: Rare Book Department
Notes: Initial R with the Christ Child descending like dew and arising from the earth
Notes: Instructions to the illustrator regarding the rubrication and the layout of the staves have been erased in the right recto margin but are still partially visible.
Notes: This initial begins the Introit for the Saturday Mass of the Virgin Mary during Advent: "Rorate celi de super ..." (Send down dew from above, O Heavens). The unusual iconography of this scene can be explained by the words of the Introit. Translated in full, the Introit, from Isaiah 45:8, is: "Send down dew from above, O Heavens, and let the clouds rain down the just one; may the earth be opened and bring forth the Savior."

The illumination has been attributed to the workshop of the Master of the Graduale del Carmine, so-called after a choir book illuminated by his hand for the church of Santa Maria del Carmine. He was active in Siena from ca. 1340-1360.
Sirsi Catalog Key: 1639026
Country: Country:Italy

Creation Year (Single Year or Range Begin): 1360
Image Dimensions Width: 585 mm
ShelfMark: Lewis E M 74:1
Creator Name: Master of the Gradual del Carmine, workshop of - Artist

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