Large illuminated leaf from an Antiphonal centred on the word Jerusalem. Christopher CORTESE, attributed to.
Large illuminated leaf from an Antiphonal centred on the word Jerusalem.

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

Venice: c. 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): $15,500.00  other currencies     Ref: #3911457

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