c 1510-20 Gregorian Chant - Miniature of St Bernard


Original manuscript leaf from an important manuscript Gradual. This beautiful four-line stave musical sheet is on animal parchment, written in liturgical gothic script. Interlinear musical notation is in black on a red four-line stave.(337 x 242mm – 11 7/8 x 9 ½ ’’) 

 Flanders (Bruges or Brabant?), c. 1510-20.

The Borders are in Ghent-Bruges Style – influenced by Simon Bening, and the Master of the Prayer-books.  Closely related to four leaves from a Gradual currently in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (MS. Marlay Cuttings, FL 1-4). Reference:  Splendors of Flanders, Cambridge, 1993.  Three initials with whimsical faces.

The miniature painting depicts St Bernard (Abbot and Doctor of the Church) dressed in a white habit and holding a Crosier and a book.  The elaborate trompe l’oeil floral border contains butterflies, caterpillars, snails, strawberries and other flora.

The text begins Ecclesiasticus (Sirach) 15:5: “In medio...” (In the midst of the Church he opened his mouth: and the Lord filled him with the spirit of wisdom and understanding...). 

Condition note: Old, very professional repair (without loss) to cut in vicinity of initial.

Shipped unmatted

  • Inventory# IM-9384
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