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Lewis E M 28:17 Historiated initial C from an antiphonary, with a Saint, possibly St. Ambrose, praying to God
TitleHistoriated initial C from an antiphonary, with a Saint, possibly St. Ambrose, praying to God
- Council on Library and Information Resources
Call numberLewis E M 28:17
(Philadelphia, United States, Free Library of Philadelphia, John Frederick Lewis Collection of European Manuscripts)
PublisherFree Library of Philadelphia
- Initial C with a Saint, possibly St. Ambrose, praying to God
- The exact moment in the liturgy that this initial begins remains to be determined. Iconographic evidence points to the identification of this saint as St. Ambrose, bishop of Milan (c. 340 - April 4, 397) and one of the Doctors of the Church. The saint is often depicted with the thrice-knotted scourge, which is visible over the kneeling figure's left shoulder in this initial. Paleographic evidence indicates that Lewis E M 28:16 and 17 may have come from the same volume or series of choir books. Both cuttings were illuminated by Venturino Mercati, a Lombard illuminator who was active ca. 1473 -1480.
- This cutting can be dated to ca. 1470-1480.
- This image shows the reverse of a cutting with an historiated initial from a service book.
Extent94 x 92 mm
- 15th century
- Historiated initial
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