Large illuminated leaf from an Antiphonal centred on the word Jerusalem.

Large illuminated leaf from an Antiphonal centred on the word Jerusalem.

Venice: circa 1430.

Illuminated leaf on vellum, 469 x 353 mm., with illuminated initial "I", 122 x 90 mm. (body of initial); initial on a burnished gold ground and painted in rich colours of blue, red, green and ochre, the initial extended with lush leafy decoration in similar colours with a bird-head terminal to form a full marginal border, several small gold balls around the decoration; square musical notation on red 4-line staves, 7 lines of interlinear text in a large rounded gothic script. Framed.

A leaf of exceptional quality from an early fifteenth century Venetian Antiphonal. The extravagantly illuminated initial "I", which includes a wolf's head in the decoration, introduces the text: Ierusalem cito veni, a Responsory at Matins for the Second Sunday in Advent.

A leaf of exceptional quality from an early fifteenth century Venetian Antiphonal. The extravagantly illuminated initial "I", which includes a wolf's head in the decoration, introduces the text: Ierusalem cito veni, a Responsory at Matins for the Second Sunday in Advent.

The very rich colours of the foliate decoration are characteristic of the work of Christopher Cortese (fl.1409-39), the leading Venetian illuminator of his day.

Price (AUD): $11,000.00  other currencies     Ref: #3911457

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