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Hymnal with Commentary
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Hymnal with Commentary

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Description This manuscript, created in the twelfth century, contains eighty-one early Christian hymns, accompanied by a commentary supposedly written by St. Hilarius. The margins of the first folios of the manuscript are illuminated with five bishops, likely meant to represent five famous hymn-writers: Hilarius, Ambrose, Prudentius, Sedulius, and Gregory. Due to extreme flaking of the text and pigments, the manuscript could not be digitized at this time.
  • Spanish Medieval Art. The Cloisters, New York. 1954-1955.
Provenance Spain, ca. 1130-1150; Spain, nineteenth century (?) [stamp on verso of front flyleaf, partially effaced, but with crown visible and inscription "Enagenado por"; list of hymns with notes in Spanish on fols. 73r-76v]; Léon Gruel, Paris [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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ca. 1130-1150 (Medieval)
ink and pigments on parchment covered with non-original red velvet binding
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
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Folio H: 8 1/4 x W: 5 1/2 in. (21 x 14 cm)
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Not On View


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