Item No: mcai680073
Additional Title: Choir books
Rare Book Department
This item appeared in the exhibition "Sacred Stories: The World's Religious Traditions" in the Rare Book Department, August 2015-January 2016.
This is the label from that exhibition:
This initial M shows the Angel Gabriel appearing to the Virgin Mary. It begins Matins, the nighttime liturgy of the Christian Divine Office, for the Feast of the Annunciation. Although Christian manuscripts are frequently unattributed, this leaf is the work of the Italian artist Neri da Rimini.
Initial M with the Annunciation
This initial begins the first response for the first nocturn of Matins for the feast of the Annunciation (March 25), "Missus est Gabriel Angelus ad Mariam Virginem ..." (The Angel Gabriel was sent to the Virgin Mary). This initial, and those on its sister leaves (Lewis E M 68:7b and 9), is by Neri da Rimini, a Riminese illuminator whose activity can be documented from 1300 to 1338. This leaf can be dated more precisely to 1314 based on an inscription on Lewis E M 68:7b, in which the scribe Bonfantino of Bologna signed and dated his work.
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Lewis E M 68:7-9
Neri da Rimini - Artist
Bonfantino di Bologna - Scribe