Bifolio from a Gradual: Initial (G) with Christ, the Virgin, and Apostles and Initial (O) (recto)

Bifolio from a Gradual: Initial (G) with Christ, the Virgin, and Apostles and Initial (O) (recto)

c. 1300

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Ink, tempera, and gold on vellum

Sheet: 55.7 x 37.9 cm (21 15/16 x 14 15/16 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1950.391.a

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Words written in red ink, called rubrics, indicate titles and chapter headings that are not part of a manuscript’s main text.

Description

The large decorated initial G introduces the text, Gaudeamus omnes in Domino (Let us rejoice in the Lord). It is the beginning of the opening prayer, or introit, of the Mass for the Feast of All Saints (November 1). The figures within the initial include Christ, the Virgin Mary, and various saints.

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