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Detailed record for Additional 37955A

Title Cutting from an Antiphoner
Origin Italy, Central (Florence)
Date c. 1385 - c. 1399
Language Latin
Artists Attributed to Don Silvestro dei Gherarducci (b. 1339, d. 5 October 1399).
Decoration 1 miniature in colours and gold, of the Death and Assumption of the Virgin, of the Virgin Mary's entombment and the passing of her soul to Christ, surrounded by a crowd of apostles and angels, and her Assumption to heaven in a mandorla, within a mosaic-like frame.
Dimensions in mm 385 x 300
Official foliation Mounted parchment cutting foliated as 'A'.
Form Parchment cutting in a mount, kept in a box with one other cutting.
Binding N/A
Provenance The Camaldolese monastery of Santa Maria degli Angeli, Florence: the miniature was cut from f. 89v of Florence, Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana Corale 19, a volume of an Antiphonary containing the Temporale (from the kalends of August to the kalends of September) and Proper of Saints (Mary Magdalene, Lawrence the Martyr, Assumption of the Virgin Mary, Bernard abbot, Augustin the bishop) with a section of antiphons for the Common of Saints. The production of the monastery's volumes of antiphonaries began in 1385.
William Young Ottley (b. 1771, d. 1836), writer on art and collector: purchased by him for £100 from Santa Maria degli Angeli in 1798; his sale 11 May 1838, lot 181; purchased by Lloyd for £4 4s.
Reverend John Fuller Russell (b. 1813, d. 1884), ecclesiastical historian: his sale 26 June 1885, lot 124.
George Salting (b. 1835, d. 1909), art collector and benefactor: probably purchased from Colnaghi, London art dealers (Kanter); bequeathed by him to the British Museum.
Transferred from the Department of Prints and Drawings of the British Museum to Manuscripts in 1910.
Notes Italian cutting.
The present cutting is boxed together with Add. 37955B. To see this cutting in the Manuscripts Reading Room order Add. 37955.
Select bibliography Rev. T. F. Dibdin, The Bibliographical Decameron, 3 vols (London: printed for the author, 1817), I, pp. cxi-cxii.

Burlington Fine Arts Club, Illuminated Manuscripts (London: Burlington Fine Arts Club, 1874), Single Leaves and Cuttings no. 1, pp. 34-35 [exhbition catalogue].

Burlington Fine Arts Club, Exhibition of Illuminated Manuscripts (London: Burlington Fine Arts Club, 1908), no. 269.

British Museum Catalogue of Additions to the Manuscripts 1906-1910 (London: British Museum, 1912), p. 190.

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. 19, fig. 7).

Mirella Levi D’Ancona, Miniatura e miniatori a Firenze dal XIV al XVI secolo: Documenti per la storia della miniature (Florence, 1962), p. 238.

Mario Rotili, La Miniatura Gotica in Italia, 2 vols (Naples: Libreria Scientifica, 1968), I, p. 101.

A. N. L. Munby, Connoisseurs and Medieval Miniatures 1750-1850 (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1972), p. 64.

Miklós Boskovits, Pittura fiorentina alla vigilia del Rinascimento, 1370-1400 (Florence, 1975), 423.

Francis Russell, ‘Don Silvestro dei Gherarducci and an Illumination from the Collection of William Young Ottley’, The Burlington Magazine, 119 (1977), p. 195.

Mirella Levi D’Ancona, “I corali di S. Maria degli Angeli ora nella Biblioteca Laurenziana e le miniature da essi asportate,” in Miscellanea di studi in memoria di Anna Saitta Revignas, (Florence, 1978), pp. 224, 235.

Laurence B. Kanter and others, Painting and Illumination in Early Renaissance Florence 1300-1450 (New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1994), pp. 148-50, no. 16g [exhibition catalogue].

I Corali del Monastero di Santa Maria degli Angeli, ed. by Mirella Levi D'Ancona and others (Florence: Centro di, 1995), pp. 121, 185, 187.

Gaudenz Freuler, A Critical and Historical Corpus of Florentine Painting, Section IV, Volume VII (Part II): Tendencies of Gothic in Florence: Don Silvestro dei Gherarducci, ed. by Miklós Boskovits (Florence and Milan, Giunti, 1997), pp. 402-04.

Iter Liturgicum Italicum, ed. by Giacomo Baroffio (Padua: CLEUP, 1999), p. 104.

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Death and Assumption of the Virgin

Death and Assumption of the Virgin

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