Collection ID: 0023 | Metadata type: TEI
Lewis E M 25:17 Gradual
- Council on Library and Information Resources
Call numberLewis E M 25:17
(Philadelphia, United States, Free Library of Philadelphia, John Frederick Lewis Collection of European Manuscripts)
PublisherFree Library of Philadelphia
- Initial O with St. Anthony Abbot and St. Paul the Hermit
- This initial probably began the Introit for the Common of Abbots, 'Os justi meditabitur sapientiam ...' (Right reason is on the good man's lips) in a gradual. The iconography supports this identification. St. Anthony Abbot and St. Paul the Hermit belong to a group of third- and fourth-century saints known as the Desert Fathers. The Desert Fathers were men who fled to the Egyptian desert to escape persecution and to lead a life of solitude and contemplation. In the medieval west, Sts. Anthony and Paul were considered to be the founders of Christian monasticism. The illumination of this initial has been attributed to the Master of the Dominican Effigies, an anonymous artist active in Florence in the second quarter of the fourteenth century.
- This is the reverse of a cutting of an historiated initial from a gradual.
Extent149 x 140 mm
- 14th century
- Historiated initial
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