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Single Leaf from a Gradual with the Assumption of the Virgin
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Single Leaf from a Gradual with the Assumption of the Virgin


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Description This leaf originally belonged to a mid-thirteenth-century gradual from southern Germany, or possibly the Seitenstetten region of Austria. The pages contain the fragmentary hymns for the feasts of St. Lawrence and the Assumption of the Virgin. The illumination introduces the latter, in the form of a large historiated initial "G," and depicts the death of the Virgin surrounded by apostles in the lower portion of the initial, while revealing her assumption into Heaven above. Christ appears within a rainbow mandorla and holds a small figure representing Mary's soul, an image that is based on Byzantine iconography. Originally the verso of the leaf, the image was fortuitously preserved due to the recto having been re-used as an account book cover in the early seventeenth century, the title of which is still visible.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
9/20/2016Treatmentexamined for exhibition; media consolidation
Exhibitions
  • Music in Manuscripts. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1996-1997.
  • Schatzkammer: Henry Walters' German Manuscripts. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2006.
  • A Feast for the Senses: Art and Experience in Medieval Europe. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota. 2016-2017.
Provenance Originally part of a gradual, South Germany or Seitenstetten region of Austria, mid-13th century; Page re-used as a book wrapper, Germany (?), 17th century [titled and dated on recto in large black letters: GeldtRegister / Anno / 1624 / Biss Anno / 1625]; L'Art Ancien, Zurich, before 1955; Walters Art Museum, December 1955, by purchase.
Credit Museum purchase, S. & A. P. Fund, 1955

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Period
mid 13th century
Medium
ink and pigments on parchment
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
Accession Number
W.756
Measurements
H: 12 15/16 × W: 7 11/16 in. (32.8 × 19.5 cm)
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Location Within Museum
Not On View

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