Item No: mcai480181
Additional Title: Antiphonary
Rare Book Department
Initial A with the Vision of the friar of Brescia
This initial begins the first antiphon at Lauds for the feast of St. Dominic of Cuso (Aug. 4), the founder of the Dominican Order, "Adest dies laetitiae ?" According to St. Dominic's legend, a friar living in Brescia saw at the hour of the saint's death a vision in which Christ and the Virgin Mary lowered two ladders upon which St. Dominic's soul ascended into heaven. This initial includes only Christ but the two Dominican friars represent St. Dominic, on the right, and the Brescian friar, on the left.
The initial was illuminated by the Italian painter Neri da Rimini, whom documents show to have been active in Rimini and Bologna in the early fourteenth century.
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Lewis E M 48:18-20
Neri da Rimini - Artist