c 1460 Breviary Leaf - Initials with delicate penwork


Original leaf from a medieval manuscript Breviary. Ruled for 27 lines of Latin text, written in double columns with dark brown & red ink in fine rounded gothic book hand on animal vellum.  (150 x 118mm – 5 7/8 x 4 5/8’’)

Seven two-line illuminated initials alternating in red with delicate violet penwork and blue with delicate red penwork – all extending in to the margins.

Northern Italy (Padua?), c. 1460.

The two-line illuminated “I”  (recto)begins part of  Luke 5:17:  “In illo tempore factum est in una dierum…” (And at that time, it came to pass on a certain day, as he sat teaching…). 

The  two-line illuminated “N” begins part of a sermon by Saint Ambrose.

The two-line illuminated “I” (verso) begins part of Luke 4:38: “In illo tempore surgens…” (And Jesus rising up out of the synagogue…).

 A Breviary is composed of many books (prayers, hymns, psalms...) painstakingly but carefully written by hand, & used by monks & priests to conduct daily services. 

Presented in an archival 14 x 11'' mat

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