Antiphonal Leaf - c 1612 - Feast of Michael the Archangel


Original leaf from a manuscript Spanish Antiphonal on animal parchment(600 x 400mm – 23 ¾ x 15 ¾’’) 

The manuscript text and music (seven lines of music on a red five-line stave) were beautifully executed by hand in black ink with rubrics in red over 400 years ago!!!  

Seville, 1612 - Signed and dated by the scribe on the frontis “Simon Rodriguez Caravallo…en la ciudad de Sevilla, Anno domine 1612”.  

One illuminated initial in red; two elaborate knot-work (cadel) initials.

This leaf continues the Feast of Michael the Archangel. The knot-work “B” begins Psalm 102 (King James 103): “Benedic anima mea…” (Bless the Lord, O my soul: and let all that is within me bless his holy name). The illuminated “A” begins:  “Alleluia”.

The knot-work “S” begins:  “Sancte Michael…” (Holy Archangel Michael).

As is usual with Medieval and Renaissance parchment, the hair side of the leaf is darker than the flesh side, but may take ink somewhat better.  The differences in tone caused scribes to arrange their quires so that the hair side of one sheet faced the hair side of the next, and the flesh side faced the flesh side.

Antiphonals contain chants for the canonical hours of the Divine Office: first vespers or the vigil of great feasts, matins, lauds, prime, terce, sext, none, vespers and compline.

Shipped unmatted

  • Inventory# IM-11972
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