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    Thirteenth Century Historiated Initial
    of the Ascension of Christ

    [Illuminated Manuscript]. [Medieval Miniature from a Manuscript Gradual in Latin.] The Ascension of Christ Historiated Initial. Italy [Genoa?]: Late 13th Century. Single vellum leaf. Approximately 9.5 x 12.75 inches. Recto and verso both have nine lines of text in a gothic hand and of music on a four line red stave, rubrics in red, responses and versicles in smaller script within red cartouches. Six large red or blue initials with penwork in both colours in total, and a large 2 x 2.5 inch historiated initial 'V' ("Viri galilei ...", introit for Mass on Ascension Sunday), on the verso, showing Christ half-length holding a chalice and rising upwards in an arc of cloud watched from below by all twelve standing apostles, painted in colors within a split leafy initial on a panel ground, the faces of the apostles mostly rubbed, surface paper loss on the verso's sixth line of text and music, minor small stains, other slight wear and fading, else a very good example. In paper mount designed to feature the large historiated 'V' on the verso. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    [Illuminated Manuscript]. [Medieval Miniature from a Manuscript Gradual in Latin.] The Ascension of Christ Historiated Initial. Italy [Genoa?]: Late 13th Century.    

    Single vellum leaf. Approximately 9.5 x 12.75 inches. Recto and verso both have nine lines of text in a gothic hand and of music on a four line red stave, rubrics in red, responses and versicles in smaller script within red cartouches. Six large red or blue initials with penwork in both colours in total, and a large 2 X 2.5 inch historiated initial 'V' ("Viri galilei ...", introit for Mass on Ascension Sunday), on the verso, showing Christ half-length holding a chalice and rising upwards in an arc of cloud watched from below by all twelve standing apostles, painted in colors within a split leafy initial on a panel ground, the faces of the apostles mostly rubbed, surface paper loss on the verso's sixth line of text and music, minor small stains, other slight wear and fading, else a very good example. In paper mount designed to feature the large historiated 'V' on the verso.

    The script could be southern French, even from the Pyrenees, but the illumination, with rather crisp gothic features is characteristic of illumination from Genoa (compare, for example, the Ambrosian cutting sold in Sotheby's London, 5 December 2000, lot 9, or no.61 in Voelkle and Wiecke, Breslauer catalogue, 1992, pp.168-9). The manuscript was perhaps illuminated in Genoa or elsewhere in the Genoese republic along the Mediterranean coast where Italian and French cultures merge and combine.



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