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ITALIAN ILLUMINATOR
Leaf from a finely illuminated manuscript Missal - with an almost nude man and two men's heads within the initials, in Latin on vellum [Italy, Umbria (probably Assisi), c. 1290]
c.1290. UNRECORDED LEAF FROM AN OPULENTLY DECORATED MISSALSingle leaf, with a large initial I (opening Ipse tibi ... ) and enclosing a three-quarter length figure of a finely painted clean-shaven man facing right, nude apart from a thin chiffon-like robe which hangs over his shoulders, his delicate musculature drawn out in blue-grey tones, one hand tucked beneath his robe and another gesturing upwards, the lower part of his legs wrapped in a blue cloth edged in white, all on burnished gold grounds with liquid gold penwork, multi-coloured acanthus leaf fronds extending into the margins, 2 further coloured initials enclosing men's heads (the first wearing red robes, the second in a red coif) both with same decoration as above, 3 further multi-coloured initials on gold grounds with liquid gold penwork (one kaleidoscopic in its complex makeup), a single red one-line initial with contrasting penwork, rubrics in red, calligraphic capitals with hairline penwork tracery, double column, 25 lines of 2 sizes of a refined Italian bookhand, inscription in French in nineteenth- or possibly early twentieth-century pencil at foot of recto, some areas of text with ink weakened by flaking away, very slightly trimmed at top with small affect to topmost acanthus leaf tendril, small amount of discolouration and cockling (mostly at edges) and marks at upper corners from old framing, else in good condition with wide margins, 362 by 238mm 1290This is a long-lost and hitherto unrecorded leaf from an opulently decorated and early Italian Missal. Only a handful of other leaves are known, including tw … [Click Below for Full Description]
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