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    Historiated Initial by Renowned Miniaturist Attavante

    [Illuminated Manuscript]. Historiated Initial of The Ascension by Attavante. [Florence, ca. 1480]. Illuminated Manuscript on vellum being a leaf from a Choir Book. Historiated initial approximately 3.75 x 4 inches. Leaf approximately 23.75 x 16.5 inches.

    The highly emotional and powerful scene of The Ascension is expertly depicted within the bounds of the letter "V" by the miniaturist Attavante (1452-1517). Rather than show the whole body of Christ lifted by angels, here we see only the weightless feet of Christ floating upwards as the six apostles gaze upwards in quizzical amazement. The apostles are heavily draped in sumptuous color and crowned with golden halos. This contrasts greatly with the calm blue sky, the space which separates the apostles from Christ. Attavante gives individualized features and emotions to each apostle, and instills a sense of quiet contemplation to the whole scene. The initial is in vibrant blues, greens and reds atop a gold ground, and the tendrils reach and fall organically along the border and they dwindle into small curls and buds. Text and musical notations in black large rounded gothic lettering, with red and green calligraphic extensions. The verso features text and musical notations. Very minor toning. Fine.


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