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Detailed record for Additional 18197, f. M

Title Cutting from a Missal
Origin Italy, N. (Lombardy)
Date c. 1450 - c. 1460
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Artists Master of the Budapest Antiphonary (active in Lombardy, 1444 - c. 1450)
Decoration 1 historiated initial 'L' in colours and gold, of Bernardino with a Franciscan friar before the holy monogram 'IHS' and three connected mitres above a scroll reading the words 'Renuit e[ss]e ep[iscop]us: Senar[um], ferrarie [et] Urbini', referring to the saint's refusal of the bishoprics of Siena, Ferrara and Urbino. On the reverse, M: '...i[m] ascende /…trib[us] d[omi]ni. /…niu[m] israel: /…endum no'.
Dimensions in mm 130 x 140
Official foliation Parchment cutting in a double-sided window mount, foliated as 'M'.
Form Parchment cutting in a double-sided window mount, kept in two boxes with other cuttings.
Binding N/A
Provenance ? A Franciscan monastery.
Adolphus Asher (b. 1800, d. 1853), Berlin bookseller and dealer to the British Museum 1841-1853 (see David Paisey, 'Adolphus Asher (1800-1853): Berlin bookseller, anglophile and friend to Panizzi', in The British Library Journal, 23 (1997), 131-53): inscribed on verso of mount '18,197.m. / This miniature was taken out of a miscellaneous / volume of arms, etc. from Stammbucher, purchased / of A. Asher, 7 May 1853. F. M.' and 'aus einem Missale von 1494'.
Purchased by the British Museum in 1853.
Notes Italian cutting.
The present cutting is kept in a box with Add. 18197, ff. G-L (there is no f. J). To see this cutting in the Manuscripts Reading Room order Add. 18197, ff. G-M.
Add. 71119F was probably cut from the same Missal. Other related cuttings are Cambridge, Fitzwilliam Museum, Marlay Cutting It. 17; Milan, Biblioteca Ambrosiana, ms. F 277 inf. 29; and Paris, Musée Marmottan, Wildenstein Collection, no. 3, all of which were possibly cut from the missing leaves of Budapest, National Library, Clmae 462, a Franciscan Antiphoner and the eponymous manuscript of the anonymous Master. The lack of musical notation on the verso of the present cutting and Add. 71119F suggest that they were not cut from the Budapest Antiphonary. The appearance in the present cutting of Bernardino as a haloed saint and not as a blessed with golden rays dates it to after Bernardino's canonisation in 1450.
Select bibliography Catalogue of Additions to the Manuscripts in the British Museum in the Years 1848-1853 (London: Trustees of the British Museum, 1868), p. 87.

Mirella Levi D'Ancona, The Wildenstein Collection of Illuminations: the Lombard School (Florence: Leo S. Olschki, 1970), pp. 32 and 133.

J. J. G. Alexander, 'Italian Illuminated Manuscripts in British Collections', in La Miniatura Italiana tra Gotico e Rinascimento: atti del II Congresso di Storia della Miniatura Italiana, Cortona, 24-26 settembre 1982, ed. by Emanuela Sesti (Florence: Olschki, 1985), 99-126 (p. 110 n. 30), reprinted in Jonathan J. G. Alexander, Studies in Italian Manuscript Illumination (London: Pindar Press, 2002), 22-54, 382-84 (p. 33 n. 30).

Iter Liturgicum Italicum, ed. by Giacomo Baroffio (Padua: CLEUP, 1999), p. 103.


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