Jul 22, 2014

Leaf from an Antiphonary: Text (verso)

Leaf from an Antiphonary: Text (verso)

c. 1480

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Ink, tempera and gold on vellum

Leaf: 62.5 x 41 cm (24 5/8 x 16 1/8 in.)

The Jeanne Miles Blackburn Collection 2014.25.b



The border ornament and initial design of this leaf have stylistic affinities with South German illumination of the late 1400s and particularly with the Augsburg workshops. It survives along with two known sister leaves with textual and illustrative references to Saint Clare. This saint was widely venerated during the Middle Ages and is closely associated with Saint Francis who installed her with a group of nuns in a community at Assisi. Francis prescribed an austere way of life for the nuns who became known as the Poor Clares. Saint Clare died in 1253 and was canonized in 1255. The prominent references to Clare in the parent codex to which this leaf belongs implies that it was made for a religious community of that order, perhaps in Augsburg or elsewhere in South Germany.

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