|Detail Depicted||Medieval manuscripts|
Calligraphy - Text - Script
Medieval manuscripts--Decorative elements - Illumination
Medieval manuscripts--Decorative elements - Ink
Medieval manuscripts--Decorative elements - Initials
|Place of Publication||France |
|Date of Publication||13th century, ca. 1285 |
|Genre Heading||Manuscripts, Medieval|
|Bibliographic Elements||Single leaf: Vellum; 28.7 x 19.8 cm. |
|General Notes||Ms 65|
Original vellum leaf of a Missal dating to approximately 1285 A.D.
Usage of Beauvais. France.
Music with neumes on four line staff.
This leaf, small folio in size, was at one time a part of a very handsome Missal intended for the use of a high Churchman. In contains not only text (referring to Saint Margaret and Saint Arnulph) but also chants to be intoned. The chants are Gregorian with their four-line staves and square notes.
The vellum of this leaf is creamy white with hair pores treated to indistinctness. The margins are wide and generous, giving full room for the sturdy illumination which weaves up and down the borders. The text is a strong gothic letter, black and red, with floriated initials of black and rich capitals of lapiz lazuli blue, deep rose, and vermilion, heightened by rondels of sparkling gold leaf. Weird little dragon faces and bodies add character to the patterns and call to mind the grotesques of the medieval period of which this manuscript is a part.
|Digital Collection||Historical Book Arts Collection |
|Repository||University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections Division. |
|Repository Collection||Special Collections |
|Call Number||H 096 C285L |
|Digital Reproduction Information||Scanned in color from original text at 400 dpi in JPEG format and resized to 600 ppi horizontal. Saved at compression rate 3. 2003. |
|Content||A missal was actually the Mass book used by the celebrating priest at the Altar of the Catholic Church. Among other things, it contained the Proper of Time or the Temporale of the Mass for every Sunday and the weekdays throughout the year, beginning with a first Sunday in Advent. |
Beauvais, itself, was one of the great cities of the thirteenth century in France. It was as old as the time of the Romans. It's cathedral, never finished, was in the building at the time this manuscript was being written.
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