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Historiated Initial (O) Excised from an Antiphonary: The Donor, Gorus Fucci, Kneels before Christ

Historiated Initial (O) Excised from an Antiphonary: The Donor, Gorus Fucci, Kneels before Christ

c. 1300–1350
Location: not on view

Did You Know?

The gentleman here has respectfully taken off his hat as he kneels before Christ. On his head remains a coif, a close- fitting cap worn by both men and women beneath hats as well as on its own.

Description

This miniature shows Gorus Fucci kneeling before Christ. His clothes characterize him as a member of the wealthy urban noble class. He wears a contemporary coiffe, a leather headgear, while his hat lies before him. The inscription translates as “Gorus Fucci had this work of a book made.” This manuscript was probably written shortly before the great plague and may have been donated to an ecclesiastical foundation. Pious foundations did not necessarily decline in the wake of the plague: new urban elites from outside emerged as benefactors, primarily focused on social institutions.
  • ?-1951
    Dr. Vladimir G. Simkhovitch (1874-1959), New York, NY, sold to the Cleveland Museum of Art
    1951-
    The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • "Gothic Art 1360-1440." The Bulletin of the Cleveland Museum of Art 50, no. 7 (1963). p. 191, fig. 66 www.jstor.org
  • Stories From Storage. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (February 7-May 16, 2021).
    Gothic Art 1360-1440, The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (Aug. 8-September 15, 1963).
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Source URL:

https://www.clevelandart.org/art/1951.314