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Title:

Vita Sancti Gregorii papae

Maker(s):

John the Deacon; author
; production
; production

Collection:

Frank McClean

Category:

illuminated manuscript

Name:

other; type of text

Date:

circa 1200

Period:

Germany, c.1200 and Italy, Venice, probably Murano, c.1450

Description:

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, iii modern parchment flyleaves + 151 fols. + iii modern parchment flyleaves, 257 x 182 mm (193-199 x 127 mm), 24 long lines, ruled in brown ink, quire marks

BINDING: 1903, blind- and gold-stamped brown leather over wooden boards, by Joseph William Zaehnsdorf (name and date gold-stamped signed inside upper cover) , probably re-using the oak boards from the previous binding (cf. Phillipps sale catalogue of 1899), rust stains from fastening devices of earlier binding on fol. 1

CONTENTS:
fol. 2r Versus in laude sanctissimi Gregorii pape
fols. 2v–151v John the Deacon, Vita S. Gregorii papae, with Prologue and capitula
fol. 151v List of Gregory’s works (fifteenth-century addition)

ORNAMENTATION: Gold initials [6-14 ll.] with white vine-scroll terminating in flowers and fruit on blue grounds, sometimes combined with red, green and gold, for Prologue (fol. 2v) and books (fols. 4v, 23v, 54v, 94v); red penwork initials [1-2 ll.]; capitals highlighted in red.

Production
Place (legacy):

Germany, production, region
Italy, region
Venice, place
Murano, place

Technique(s):

illumination; whole
penwork

Material(s):

parchment; support
gold; medium

Dimension(s):

height
width

Acquisition:

bequeathed; 1904; McClean, Frank

Provenance:

At the Camaldolese Abbey of San Michele in Murano, Venice, by c.1450, as revealed by two partially erased ownership inscriptions: Iste liber est monasterii S. Michaelis de Muriano ordinis Camaldulensis [et] diocesis Torcellane (fols. 1v and 151v); at San Michele in Murano at least until 1779 (listed in Mittarelli 1779, cols. 472-473, as [Gregorius], Vita scripta a Johanne Diacono, codex speciosissimus in folio sec. xiii num. 704, and dated to the thirteenth century); probably sold with the main part of the San Michele library after 1810; French owner or dealer (inscription ‘150 feuillets’ on fol. 1r); Sir Thomas Phillipps (1792-1872), his MS 4559 (number on fol. 1r); his sale, Sotheby’s, London, 5-10 June 1899, lot 654; Frank McClean (1837–1904); his bequest, 1904.

Associated
Person(s):

McClean, Frank; previous owner
Phillipps, Thomas, Sir; previous owner
Camaldolese Abbey of San Michele; original owner

Inscription:

secundo folio; fol. 3r; ac publicavit auctoritas

Exhibition(s):

Documentation:

Wormald, Francis. Giles, Phyllis M.. 1966. Illuminated Manuscripts in the Fitzwilliam Museum.Cambridge (Cambs.):
cat. no. 90

James, Montague Rhodes, Dr. 1912. A descriptive catalogue of the McClean Collection of Manuscripts in the Fitzwilliam Museum.Cambridge (Cambs.): Cambridge University Press
pp. 242-43, pl. LXX

Mittarelli, G. B.. Ceruti, Giacinto. 1779. Bibliotheca codicum manuscriptorum Monasterii s. Michaelis Venetiarum prope Murianum una cum appendice librorum impressorum seculi XV / opus posthumum Johannis-Benedicti Mittarelli etc., ed. by Giacinto Ceruti..Venice:
cols. 472 – 73, no. 704

Morgan, Nigel. Panayotova, Stella. Reynolds, Suzanne. 2011. A Catalogue of Western Book Illumination in the Fitzwilliam Museum and the Cambridge Colleges. Part Two. Vols. 1-2: Italy and the Iberian Peninsula.London: Harvey Miller Publishers
cat. no. 64

Accession:

Object Number: MS McClean 110
(Manuscripts and Printed Books)
(record id: 179016; input: 2010-12-15; modified: 2017-04-25)

Permanent
Identifier:

http://data.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/id/object/179016





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