You are in Introduction. Click here to skip the navigation.
British Library
Digital Catalogue of Illuminated Manuscripts
 Detail from the Roman de la Rose
About Simple search Manuscript search Advanced search  Virtual exhibitions Glossaries Contact us  Main
print Print this page
home Home
site search Search British Library website
back Back

search tips  Search tips



Detailed record for Additional 74233B

Title Cutting from an Antiphoner
Origin Italy, Central (Florence)
Date c. 1396 - 1402
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Artists Attributed to Lorenzo Monaco (b. ca. 1370, d. 1423-4) (Davies, Kanter, Tartuferi), Don Silvestro dei Gherarducci (b. 1339, d. 1399) (Levi D'Ancona, 1957 and Eisenberg) and Matteo di Filippo Torelli (b. 1365, d. 1442) (Levi D'Ancona, 1995).
Decoration 1 historiated and foliate initial 'B' in colours and gold, with Abraham visited by three angels, and fragments of four four-line staves with musical notation and text. The initial began the fourth responsory of the first nocturn for Trinity Sunday, "Benedicat nos Deus", on f. 146v of an Antiphonary for the Proper of Time (from Easter to Sunday of the Holy Trinity) with a section of antiphons for the Common of Saints.
Dimensions in mm 190 x 185
Official foliation Parchment cutting.
Form Mounted parchment cutting, in a glazed frame.
Binding N/A
Provenance The Camaldolese monastery of Santa Maria degli Angeli, Florence: f. 146 of antiphoner A.7, now Florence, Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana Corale 1 (dated 1396 on f. 28).
Johann Gottlob von Quandt (1787-1859), German collector, patron and art historian: his sale, Dresden, Oct. 1860, lot 365: purchased by Sir Austen Henry Layard (b. 1817, d. 1894), archaeologist and politician.
National Gallery, London: NG 3089; bequeathed by Layard in 1916; transferred to the British Library with Add. 74233A in 1997.
Notes Italian cutting.
Of the seven illuminations that were cut from the Santa Maria degli Angeli antiphoner, five have been succesfully identified. The other four are, Paris, Musée du Louvre, Cabinet des Dessins, MS R. F. 830; Berlin, Staatliche Museen, Kupferstichkabinett, Minn. MSS 1231 and 1240; and Vatican City, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Cod. Rossiano 1192.2.
Musical notation.
Select bibliography South Kensington (now Victoria and Albert) Museum, London: exhibited 1869, no. 33.

Martin Davies, National Gallery Catalogues. The Earlier Italian Schools (London: Printed for the Trustees, 1951), p. 243.

M. Levi D'Ancona, 'Don Silvestro dei Gherarducci e il "Maestro delle Canzoni": Due Miniatori Trecenteschi della Scuola di S. Maria degli Angeli a Firenze', Rivista d'arte, 32 (annual 1957; published 1959), 3-37 (p. 22).

Mario Rotili, La Miniatura Gotica in Italia, 2 vols (Naples: Libreria Scientifica, 1968), I, p. 102

Marvin Eisenberg, Lorenzo Monaco (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1989), pp. 9, 188, fig. 268.

Laurence B. Kanter and others, Painting and Illumination in Early Renaissaince Florence 1300-1450 (New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1994), pp. 174, 235, 236, fig. 93 [exhibition catalogue].

Mirella Levi D'Ancona, 'Matteo di Filippo Torelli', in Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana, I corali del monastero di Santa Maria degli Angeli (Florence: Centro di, 1995), pp. 154, 187 n. 49.

Laurence B. Kanter, 'Lorenzo Monaco', in Dizionario Biografico dei Miniatori Italiani: Secoli IX-XVI, ed. by Milvia Bollati (Milan: Bonnard, 2004), p. 400.

Lorenzo Monaco: a Bridge from Giotto's Heritage to the Renaissance, ed. by Angelo Tartuferi and Daniela Parenti (Florence: Giunti, 2006), pp. 266-68, 271 [exhibition catalogue].

* * *
Abraham and the three angels

Abraham and the three angels

print Print this page
home Home
site search Search British Library website
back Back
top Back

About Simple search Manuscript search Advanced search
Virtual exhibitions Glossaries Accessibility Contact us Main

All text is © British Library Board and is available under a CC-BY Licence except where otherwise stated