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Ms. Coll. 713 - Breviary collages
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Breviary collages, 1800s?
Physical description:
2 items ; 325 x 363 mm.
In Latin.
Two collages of manuscript miniatures on vellum, probably from a breviary in Northern France, possibly Rouen, in the late 15th century. Both feature a centerpiece of 9 panels with mostly Biblical pictures on them, with a piece of text on each side of the outer frame, with strips of illuminated borders around the edges. While it is difficult to tell the date these collages were assembled, this kind of specimen collecting reached its peak during the 19th century. The text comprises excerpts from the New Testament gospels, a calendar of feast days, and homilies of Pope Gregory I. The identifiable texts include Homilia XXI from Pope Gregory I, John 1.29-30, John 14.23, Matthew 9.18, Mark 16.1-2, and possibly Matthew 8.1-2 (in the form found in the Dominica tertia section of the Book of Obits). One of the unidentified texts refers to the bishops Julianus and Severus. The scenes depicted in the center of the collages predominately show Jesus blessing and teaching his followers, but also show the annunciation, the second coming of Christ, possibly the calling of Peter and Andrew, a figure wearing a mitre praying to an angel, and possibly the moneylenders in the temple. The illuminated initials have foliate decoration. Much of the surrounding decoration consists of sections of illuminated borders with geometric and floral designs and one dragon, using blue, green, red, white, gold, silver, brownish pink, and dark brown inks. Some of the flora is recognizable, including bunches of grapes hanging from vines.
Formerly owned by Lawrence J. Schoenberg, LJS 30.
Gift of Lawrence J. Schoenberg and Barbara Brizdle, 2008.
Related names:
Schoenberg, Lawrence J., former owner.
Gregory I, Pope, ca. 540-604. XL homiliarum in Evangelia libri duo.
Illumination of books and manuscripts - Specimens.
Form / Genre:
Collages (visual works)
Manuscripts, Latin - 15th century.
Manuscripts, Renaissance.
Manuscript location:
Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts University of Pennsylvania Ms. Coll. 713

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Collection: Lawrence J. Schoenberg Collection
Collection: Medieval & Renaissance Manuscripts
Facsimile: Yes
Illuminated: Yes
Illustrated: Yes
Notated: No
Language: Latin
Century: 15th century
Date: 1800
Genre: Breviaries
Genre: Collages (visual works)
Genre: Fragments
Genre: Manuscripts, Latin - 15th century
Genre: Manuscripts, Renaissance
Subject: Illumination of books and manuscripts
Related names: Gregory I, Pope, ca. 540-604. XL homiliarum in Evangelia libri duo
Related names: Schoenberg, Lawrence J., former owner