Nov 3, 2015

Leaf from an Antiphonary with Historiated Initial (H) with The Nativity (recto)

Leaf from an Antiphonary with Historiated Initial (H) with The Nativity (recto)

early 1300s

Part of a set. See all set records

Ink, tempera, and gold on parchment

Sheet: 53 x 38 cm (20 7/8 x 14 15/16 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1953.285.a



This enormous initial h illustrates the beginning of the text of the first matins response for Christmas Day: Hodie nobis celorum rex (“On this day the King of Heaven”). The initial is appropriately decorated with a scene of Christ’s nativity. Along with other painters and illuminators, Neri da Rimini established the school of Rimini, characterized by a painting style owing much to the work of Giotto, who he perhaps encountered in Padua.

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