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Novella in Decretales


Nascimbene, Nicolò di Giacomo di; artist
Bartoli, Bartolomeo dei; scribe
; production


illuminated manuscript


cutting (manuscript); sub-category
other; type of text


circa 1355 circa 1365


fourteenth century, third quarter


PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, 447 x 275 mm (350 x 192 mm), 2 columns, 74 lines, ruled in plummet.

CONTENTS: Iohannes Andreae, Novella in Decretales, beginning of Bk V, De accusationibus, inquisitionibus et denuntiationibus.

DECORATION: Column framed miniature showing a cardinal enthroned as a judge and conducting a court hearing on burnished gold background.

Two historiated initials formed of pink, grey and red acanthus and zoomorphic motifs for the first two titles: [P, 10 ll.], Bishop reading within the bowl of the letter and a caryatid-like figure supporting his cathedra within the shaft of the letter, which extends down the full length of the text column; [S, 7 ll.], Bust of a doctor of law with a book.

ORNAMENTATION: Alternate red and blue penwork initials [2 ll.] with violet or red pen-flourished infill and frames; alternate red and blue paraph signs.

Place (legacy):

Italy, production, region
Bologna, place


illumination; whole


parchment; support
gold; medium




presented; 1932; The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum


Sotheby’s, London, 25 July 1932, lot 196; purchased by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum



Wormald, Francis. Giles, Phyllis M.. 1966. Illuminated Manuscripts in the Fitzwilliam Museum.Cambridge (Cambs.):
cat. no. 61

Wormald, F. and Giles, P. M.. 1982. A descriptive catalogue of the additional illuminated manuscripts in the Fitzwilliam Museum.Cambridge (Cambs.): p. 320-21

L'Engle, S. Gibbs, R. Clarke, P.. 2001. Illuminating the Law: Legal Manuscripts in Cambridge Collections.London:
cat. no. 20

Vikan, G. et al. 1975. Medieval and Renaissance Miniatures from the National Gallery of Art. Washington..Washington:
pp. 50-52, fig. 15b

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. 179

Schmidt, G.. 1973. Andreas me pinsit.
Source Title: Wiener Jahrbuch fur Kunstgeschichte 26 (1973) : 57-73

p. 63-4, figs. 115

Winter, Patrick M. de. 1983. Bolognese Miniatures at the Cleveland Museum.
Source Title: Bulletin of the Cleveland Museum of Art 70 () : 314-51

p. 349 n. 29

Medica, M.. 1999. Miniatura e commitenza: il caso delle corporazioni.Modena:
Source Title: Haec sunt statuta: Le corporazioni medievali nelle miniature bolognesi(1999) : 62-68
p. 65

Medica, M.. Benevolo, G.. 2002. I miniatori dei corali agostiniani: Niccolo di Giacomo e Stefano di Alberto Azzi.Ferrara:
Source Title: I corali di San Giacomo Maggiore: Miniatori e committenti a Bologna nel Trecento(2002)

p. 76, col. pl. on p. 75


Object Number: MS 331
(Manuscripts and Printed Books)
(record id: 176493; input: 2010-04-13; modified: 2017-04-04)