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Initial G[audeamus omnes] from a Gradual: The Court of Heaven, 1371-77

ink, tempera, and gold on vellum, Sheet: 38.60 x 36.50 cm (15 3/16 x 14 5/16 inches); Framed: 68.89 x 53.02 cm (27 1/16 x 20 13/16 inches); Matted: 63.50 x 47.62 cm (25 x 18 11/16 inches). Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1930.105

This elegant and colorful initial G comes from a multivolume set of choral books illuminated by Don Silvestro, a Camaldolese monk, for his monastery of Santa Maria degli Angeli in Florence. In the original book, this initial would have introduced the text: Gaudeamus omnes in Domino (“Let us rejoice in the Lord”), the beginning of Introit, the introduction, for the Feast of All Saints on November 1. This beautiful initial is generally considered to be the artist’s masterpiece.

CMA: "Twentieth Anniversary Exhibition of the CMA" June 26-October 4, 1936, no. 135, p. 58, repr. pl. XIII. Baltimore, The Walters Art Gallery, "Illuminated Books of the Middle Ages and Renaissance" January 27-March 13, 1949, cat. no. 175, p. 64, repr. pl. LXVII. Los Angeles County Museum, "Medieval and Renaissance Illuminated Manuscripts" November 25, 1953-January 9, 1954, no. 100, repr. Baltimore, The Walters Art Gallery, "The International Style" October 23-December 2, 1962, no. 74, p. 75, repr. The Cleveland Museum of Art, "Gothic Art, 1360-1440" August 8-September 15, 1963, no. 59, p. 209, repr. p. 181. The Cleveland Museum of Art (10/10/2004 - 10/02/2005); "Illuminated Manuscripts" London, Wildenstein & Co., "The Art of Painting in Florence and Siena from 1250 to 1500" 1965, p. 12, no. 19. Bavarian Nationalmuseum, Munich (5/10/2007 - 9/16/2007) and the J. Paul Getty Musuem, Los Angeles (10/30/2007 - 1/20/2008): "Sacred Gifts and Worldly Treasures: Medieval Masterworks from the Cleveland Museum of Art" The Cleveland Museum of Art, "Florence and the Arts-Five Centuries of Patronage" 1971; cat. no. 44, repr. Atlanta, High Museum of Art, "Italian Renaissance Illuminations" December 16, 1973-February 15, 1974; cat. no. 21, repr. fig 6. Cleveland Museum of Art, "The Decorated Letter and the Illuminator's Art" September 25-December 19, 1993. New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, "Paintings and Illumination in Early Renaissance Florence 1300-1450" November 18, 1994-February 26, 1995. Bavarian Nationalmuseum, Munich (5/10/2007 - 9/16/2007), the J. Paul Getty Musuem, Los Angeles (10/30/2007 - 1/20/2008) and Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, TN (2/13/2009 - 6/7/2009): "Sacred Gifts and Worldly Treasures: Medieval Masterworks from the Cleveland Museum of Art" Cleveland Museum of Art, (11/06/2010 - 04/17/2011); "The Glory Of the Painted Page: Manuscript Illuminations from the Permanent Collections" Main Gallery Rotation (gallery 115): December 7, 2015 -

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