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Abstract

This leaf originally belonged to a mid-thirteenth-century gradual from southern Germany, or possibly the Seitenstetten region of Austria. The pages contain the fragmentary hymns for the feasts of St. Lawrence and the Assumption of the Virgin. The illumination introduces the latter, in the form of a large historiated initial "G," and depicts the death of the Virgin surrounded by apostles in the lower portion of the initial, while revealing her assumption into Heaven above. Christ appears within a rainbow mandorla and holds a small figure representing Mary's soul, an image that is based on Byzantine iconography. Originally the verso of the leaf, the image was fortuitously preserved due to the recto having been re-used as an account book cover in the early seventeenth century, the title of which is still visible.

Text Note

Incomplete; recto and first lines of verso contain hymn for the feast of St. Laurence; fragmentary text begins "Dispersit dedit pauperibus..."; verso contains beginning of hymn for the Feast of the Assumption of the Virgin, with incipit "In assumptione sanctae mariae gaudeamus..."

Hand note

Gothic bookhand for main text; rubric and first word in a majuscule display script; following lines in a minuscule display script; a seventeenth-century hand has written a title in Gothic script over the musical notation during its use as an account book

Decoration Note

One historiated initial (5 lines) in gold, silver, green, red, blue, and white; enlarged initials in red, blue, and sometimes gold (1 to 2 lines); blue pen designs in margin on recto; musical staff lines color coded, with C-line in red or brown, F-line in red, and others in green; neumes in red and black; text in black ink

Contributors

Cataloger: Dutschke, Consuelo

Cataloger: Herbert, Lynley

Cataloger: Sciacca, Christine

Cataloger: Walters Art Museum curatorial staff and researchers since 1934

Editor: Herbert, Lynley

Contributor: Bockrath, Diane

Contributor: Davis, Lisa Fagin

Contributor: Emery, Doug

Contributor: Hamburger, Jeffrey

Contributor: Klemm, Elizabeth

Contributor: Noel, William

Contributor: Tabritha, Ariel

Contributor: Toth, Michael B.

Contributor: Valle, Chiara

Conservator: Owen, Linda

Conservator: Quandt, Abigail

Bibliography

Faye, C. U. and W. H. Bond. Supplement to the Census of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the United States and Canada. New York, 1962, p. 199, no. 572.


"Bulletin Codicologique." Scriptorium 26 (1972): 130-246, p. 28, no. 402.


Miner, Dorothy. "Since de Ricci - Western Illuminated Manuscripts Acquired since 1934: A Report in Two Parts: Part 1." Journal of the Walters Art Gallery 29-30 (1966):68-103, p. 87, fig. 14.


Huglo, Michel. "Souvenirs 'enchantes' de la Walters Art Gallery." Journal of the Walters Art Gallery, 54 (1996):1-8, p. 3, fig. 3.


Palazzo, Eric. "Voir et entendre les chants de la messe," Codex Aquilarensis, 28, 2012, p. 219-230.


These are pages that we pulled aside that disrupted the flow of the manuscript reader. These may be bindings, inserts, bookmarks, and various other oddities.

Keywords
Gradual
Austrian
Christian
German
Historiated initial
Musical notation
Painting
Austria
Germany
13th century
Liturgy

Origin Place

South Germany (or the Seitenstetten region of Austria?)

Date

Mid-13th century CE

Form

leaf

Language

The primary language in this manuscript is Latin.

Provenance

Originally part of a gradual, South Germany, or possibly the Seitenstetten region of Austria, mid-thirteenth century

Page re-used as a book wrapper, Germany

In collection of L'Art Ancien, Zurich, before 1955

Acquisition

Museum purchase, S & A.P. Fund, 1955

← search Single leaf from a gradual with the Assumption of the Virgin W.756

Origin Place

South Germany (or the Seitenstetten region of Austria?)

Date

Mid-13th century CE

Form

leaf

Language

The primary language in this manuscript is Latin.

Provenance

Originally part of a gradual, South Germany, or possibly the Seitenstetten region of Austria, mid-thirteenth century

Page re-used as a book wrapper, Germany

In collection of L'Art Ancien, Zurich, before 1955

Acquisition

Museum purchase, S & A.P. Fund, 1955

Manuscript Overview

Abstract

This leaf originally belonged to a mid-thirteenth-century gradual from southern Germany, or possibly the Seitenstetten region of Austria. The pages contain the fragmentary hymns for the feasts of St. Lawrence and the Assumption of the Virgin. The illumination introduces the latter, in the form of a large historiated initial "G," and depicts the death of the Virgin surrounded by apostles in the lower portion of the initial, while revealing her assumption into Heaven above. Christ appears within a rainbow mandorla and holds a small figure representing Mary's soul, an image that is based on Byzantine iconography. Originally the verso of the leaf, the image was fortuitously preserved due to the recto having been re-used as an account book cover in the early seventeenth century, the title of which is still visible.

Text Note

Incomplete; recto and first lines of verso contain hymn for the feast of St. Laurence; fragmentary text begins "Dispersit dedit pauperibus..."; verso contains beginning of hymn for the Feast of the Assumption of the Virgin, with incipit "In assumptione sanctae mariae gaudeamus..."

Hand note

Gothic bookhand for main text; rubric and first word in a majuscule display script; following lines in a minuscule display script; a seventeenth-century hand has written a title in Gothic script over the musical notation during its use as an account book

Decoration Note

One historiated initial (5 lines) in gold, silver, green, red, blue, and white; enlarged initials in red, blue, and sometimes gold (1 to 2 lines); blue pen designs in margin on recto; musical staff lines color coded, with C-line in red or brown, F-line in red, and others in green; neumes in red and black; text in black ink

References

Contributors

Cataloger: Dutschke, Consuelo

Cataloger: Herbert, Lynley

Cataloger: Sciacca, Christine

Cataloger: Walters Art Museum curatorial staff and researchers since 1934

Editor: Herbert, Lynley

Contributor: Bockrath, Diane

Contributor: Davis, Lisa Fagin

Contributor: Emery, Doug

Contributor: Hamburger, Jeffrey

Contributor: Klemm, Elizabeth

Contributor: Noel, William

Contributor: Tabritha, Ariel

Contributor: Toth, Michael B.

Contributor: Valle, Chiara

Conservator: Owen, Linda

Conservator: Quandt, Abigail

Bibliography

Faye, C. U. and W. H. Bond. Supplement to the Census of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the United States and Canada. New York, 1962, p. 199, no. 572.


"Bulletin Codicologique." Scriptorium 26 (1972): 130-246, p. 28, no. 402.


Miner, Dorothy. "Since de Ricci - Western Illuminated Manuscripts Acquired since 1934: A Report in Two Parts: Part 1." Journal of the Walters Art Gallery 29-30 (1966):68-103, p. 87, fig. 14.


Huglo, Michel. "Souvenirs 'enchantes' de la Walters Art Gallery." Journal of the Walters Art Gallery, 54 (1996):1-8, p. 3, fig. 3.


Palazzo, Eric. "Voir et entendre les chants de la messe," Codex Aquilarensis, 28, 2012, p. 219-230.


Bindings & Oddities

These are pages that we pulled aside that disrupted the flow of the manuscript reader. These may be bindings, inserts, bookmarks, and various other oddities.

Keywords
Gradual
Austrian
Christian
German
Historiated initial
Musical notation
Painting
Austria
Germany
13th century
Liturgy
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