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Title:

Cutting from a Gradual

Maker(s) &
Production:

, production, Southern Germany, Nüremberg, probably Nüremberg

Collection:

Charles Brinsley Marlay

Category:

illuminated manuscript

Name(s):

cutting; sub-category
gradual; type of text

Date:

circa 1510 circa 1520

Period:

sixteenth century, first quarter

Description:

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, 145 x 145 mm, fragmentary words and four-line staves ruled in black ink (one of the lines ruled in red as well) on reverse,

DECORATION: Historiated initial formed of acanthus, fish-scale motifs, and masks on framed, recessed blue-green grounds: [S, 2 ll.] St Bernard’s vision of the Virgin and Child (Miracle of the Lactation).

Technique:

illumination; whole

Material(s):

parchment; support
gold; medium

Dimension(s):

height, page, 145, mm
width, page, 145, mm

Acquisition:

bequeathed; 1912; Marlay, Charles Brinsley

Associated
Person:

Marlay, Charles Brinsley; previous owner

Notes:

Marlay cuttings Fl 6 – 8: Six cuttings from a Gradual. The elongated, compressed and spiky character of the script, the so-called horseshoe notation, and the design of the initials, with their recessed frames and combination of acanthus and fish-scale motifs, suggest an origin in Augsburg or Nuremberg during the second decade of the sixteenth century. The two images of St Bernard and the possible inclusion of the feast ‘In exaltatione sancte corone Domini’ (Marlay cutting Fl 8c) suggest that the initials belonged to a Cistercian Gradual. Two cuttings now in London, Wallace Collection, M.340 and M.341 may have come from the same manuscript.

Documentation:

Wormald, F.. Giles, P.M.. 1982. A Descriptive Catalogue of the Additional Manuscripts in the Fitzwilliam Musuem Acquired between 1895-1979 (excluding the McClean Collection).England: Cambridge University Pressp. 98 - 100

Alexander, J.J.G.. 1980. Catalogue of Cuttings from Illuminated Manuscripts in the Wallace Collection.London:
cat. nos. 6 - 7

Accession:

Object Number: Marlay cutting Fl. 7a
(Manuscripts and Printed Books)
(record id: 170684; input: 2010-02-01; modified: 2012-08-30)

Permanent
Identifier:

http://data.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/id/object/170684





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