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Title:

Hours

Maker(s) &
Production:

, production, Italy, Emilia-Romagna, Parma, probably Parma

Category:

illuminated manuscript

Name(s):

book of hours; type of text
use of Rome; liturgical use

Date:

circa 1450 circa 1460

Period:

fifteenth century, third quarter

Description:

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, i parchment flyleaf + 140 fols. + i parchment flyleaf, 119 x 85 mm (66 x 54 mm), 15 long lines, ruled in plummet, catchwords

BINDING: Nineteenth century, red velvet over pasteboards.

CONTENTS:
fols. 1r-12v Calendar
fols. 13r-55v Hours of the Virgin
fols. 55v-62v Psalms for the Office of the Virgin on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and on Wednesdays and Saturdays
fols. 63r-70v Office of the Virgin for Advent and from Christmas to the Purification
fols. 71v-91v Penitential Psalms
fols. 93r-125r Office of the Dead
fols. 125v-126v Hymn to the Virgin in Italian, Ave de celi imperatrice sancta
fols. 127r-130v Hours of the Cross
fols. 131r-133v Office of St Catherine
fols. 134r-140v Prayer to the Virgin, Domina mea sancta Maria perpetua virgo

DECORATION: Eleven historiated initials on gold grounds with elaborate full or partial borders incorporating foliage coils, flowers, putti, human figures, some as busts, birds and gold balls: fol. 13r Hours of the Virgin, Matins, [D, 8 ll.] Seated Virgin and Child, the Child holding a bird, with a wide full border incorporating putti, birds, peacocks, a three-quarter length Annunciation, set in foliage coils of red, blue and green with gold balls; fol. 22r Lauds, [D, 6 ll.] Half-length saint holding a stone and a woman in a red robe; fol. 33r Prime, [D, 6 ll.] Bust of a prophet; fol. 37r Terce, [D, 6 ll.] Bust of a saint; fol. 40r Sext, [D, 6 ll.] Bust of a saint; fol. 43r None, [D, 6 ll.] Bust of a saint, with a half-length bishop and two half-length saints in the border; fol. 46r Vespers, [D, 6 ll.] Bust of a saint; fol. 52r Compline, [C, 6 ll.] Bearded man pointing upwards; fol. 71r Penitential Psalms, [D, 6 ll.] David kneeling in prayer in a landscape, with a very wide full border containing a bearded man praying, a fashionably dressed youth wearing a hat, the apostles at Pentecost, three half-length saints, the central one flanked by peacocks, and five small figures in medallions; fol. 93r Office of the Dead, [D, 6 ll.] Man lying on a bier, with a partial border, very wide at the bottom, containing a kneeling man in a brown habit watched by another man, behind whom stands an angel; fol. 127r, Hours of the Cross, [D, 6 ll.] Green cross on a green ground.

ORNAMENTATION: Foliage initial [C, 6 ll.] with a full acanthus and floral border for the Office of St Catherine (fol. 131r); alternate gold and blue initials [2 lll.] with violet or red pen flourishing.

Technique(s):

illumination; whole
penwork

Material(s):

parchment; support
gold; medium

Dimension(s):

height
width

Acquisition:

presented; 1933; Aaron de Pass, Alfred

Provenance:

Alfred Aaron de Pass (1861-1952), who presented it to the Museum in 1933 in memory of his son, Crispin (Trinity Hall), who was killed in WWI in 1918 (bookplate inside upper cover).

Associated
Person:

Aaron de Pass, Alfred; previous owner

Inscription:

secundo folio; fol. 14r; omnes deos

Exhibition(s):

Splendours of Italian Illumination: Romanesque - Gothic - Renaissance. 1989 - 1990
Organiser: The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (Cambs.), UK
Venue: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Notes: unpublished handlist of an exhibition held in the Adeane gallery, October 1989 - February 1990
Catalogue number: 50

Documentation:

Wormald, Francis. Giles, Phyllis 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. p. 333-5

Baroffio, G.. 1999. Iter Liturgicum Italicum.Padua: p. 42

Wormald, Francis. 1952. English Drawings of the Tenth and Eleventh Centuries.London:
p. 309, no. 133

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. 189

Accession:

Object Number: MS 339
(Manuscripts and Printed Books)
(record id: 179713; input: 2011-02-10; modified: 2017-04-04)

Permanent
Identifier:

http://data.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/id/object/179713





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