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Detailed record for Additional 35254D-F

Title Cuttings from a choir book of Alexander VI
Origin Italy, N. (Milan)
Date c. 1492 - c. 1503
Language Latin
Script Gothic
Artists Attributed to Antonio da Monza (active between Rome and the Duchy of Milan, c. 1490-1528).
Decoration 3 historiated initials in colours and gold, of the Resurrection (f. D), the Adoration of the Magi (f. E) and the Last Supper (f. F), with on the reverses, four-line red staves, musical notation and partial text. 1 filigree initial 'D' in colours (f. E verso).
Dimensions in mm 305 x 265 (f. D); 190 x 190 (f. E); 180 x 180 (f. F)
Official foliation Parchment cuttings in double-sided window mounts, foliated as 'D'-'F'.
Form Mounted parchment cuttings kept in a box with other cuttings and leaves.
Binding N/A
Provenance Alexander VI (Borgia, r. 1492-1503), Italian pope and patron: his portrait in a signed cutting (Graphische Sammlung der Albertina, inv. 1764) probably excised from the same choir book as the present cuttings (see Quattrini 2004).
Inscribed in pencil 'No. 148', 'Add 25' and '82' (f. D verso); 'No. 149', 'add 25' and '83' (f. E verso); 'No. 150', 'Add 25 (c)', '84' and '7' (f. F verso).
Josef Carl Ritter von Klinkosch, of Vienna: his sale, May 1889, purchased for 4000 (f. D) and 2000 (ff. E and F each) by Stockholm, according to Casciaro 1994, p. 119 n. 12. There was no May 1889 Klinkosch sale, therefore the present cuttings were probably sold in his sales of 2 or 15 April 1889, though they are not identifiable in the catalogues.
John Malcolm of Poltalloch (b. 1805, d. 1893), art collector and landowner: purchased from him by the Department of Prints and Drawings of the British Museum in 1895.
Transferred to the Department of Manuscripts of the British Museum in 1899.
Notes Italian cuttings.
The present cuttings are kept in a box with Add. 35254A-C and G. To see these cuttings in the Manuscripts Reading Room order Add. 35254A-G.
Musical notation.
Select bibliography Archivio Storico Lombardo, 16 (1889), pp. 511-12.

Catalogue of Additions to the Manuscripts in the British Museum in the Years 1894-1899 (London: Trustees of the British Museums, 1901), pp. 223-24.

Mariella Rossi and Raffaele, 'Miniature rinascimentali inedite alla Biblioteca Braidense', in Rinascimento in Miniatura (Florence: Centro Di, 1990), 13-39 (pp. 29-30, figs. 16, 17, 19).

Raffaele Casciaro, 'Note su Antonio da Monza miniatore', in Prospettiva, 75-76 (1994), 109-23 (pp. 110, 113, 114, 119 12n, figs. 7, 11, 13).

Janet Backhouse, The Illuminated Page: Ten Centuries of Manuscript Painting in the British Library (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1997), cat. no. 198 [f. D].

Sandra Hindman and others, Manuscript Illumination in the Modern Age: Recovery and Reconstruction (Evanston, IL: Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, 2001), pp. 82, 91 [exhibition catalogue].

Cristina Quattrini, 'Antonio da Monza', in Dizionario Biografico dei Miniatori Italiani: Secoli IX-XVI, ed. by Milvia Bollati (Milan: Bonnard, 2004), pp. 29-32.

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f. D
Adoration of the Magi

f. E
Adoration of the Magi
Last Supper

f. F
Last Supper

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