Antiphonary leaf.

Uniform title
Manuscript, Book
[Bologna?, Italy] : [producer not identified], [between 1400 and 1500]
1 leaf : parchment, illustrations, music ; 53 x 35 cm


Former owner
Library of Congress genre(s)
  • A leaf from Matins of the Common of the dedication of a church, from the Sanctorale of an Antiphonary. Includes on the recto 2 antiphons to Psalms 45 and 47 (“Erit michi dominus ...” and “Edificauit moyses altare ...”). The first responsory is on the verso with a historiated initial (“In dedicatione templi decantabat populus laudem ...”), followed by a verse (“Fundata est domus domini ...”).
  • Script: Italian Gothic Rotunda with square notation including clef and custos.
  • Decoration: Italian Gothic decoration from Emilia Romagna, possibly Bologna. The leaf has an historiated initial I (185 x 55 mm), Dedication of Church. Two tonsured clerics stand before the door of a church (shaped as the initial I, surmounted with campanile) and asperse a representation of the Virgin Mary in the tympanum; the lower right corner of the church is supported by a one-legged male caryatid grasping stem of acanthus leaves of olive, orange, blue, and gold extending down the left margin and sprouting from the roof of the church to the right of the campanile.
Binding note
In protective case.
Kane MS. 8 was possibly made for an Italian church dedicated to the Virgin Mary, judging from the depiction of her in the church tympanum. Early pagination in ink in the upper outside corners 203|204. Early provenance is unknown. The leaf was acquired by Grenville Kane (1854-1943), of Tux- edo Park, N.Y. The Kane Collection was acquired by the Princeton University Library from Kane's heirs in February 1946.
Medieval & Renaissance manuscripts in the Princeton University Library, volume 2, pages 16-17.
Cite as
Kane MS. 8, Manuscripts Division, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University Library.
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