Initial A: A Man Singing

Object Details

Title:

Initial A: A Man Singing

Artist/Maker(s):

Unknown

Culture:

Italian

Place(s):

Northern Italy, Italy (Place created)

Date:

about 1460 - 1480

Medium:

Tempera colors and gold leaf on parchment

Dimensions:

Leaf: 60.3 x 44 cm (23 3/4 x 17 5/16 in.)

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A man shown in profile sings from an open book containing a chant and musical notation written on red staves. The illuminator evoked the sound of the singer's voice through fine gold vines that emerge from his open mouth. Although this manuscript would have been used by a choir rather than by an individual as the image in the initial suggests, the scene conveys the book's purpose as a source of music for devotional singing.

Related Works
Exhibitions
Music for the Masses: Illuminated Choir Books (August 14 to October 28, 2007)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), August 14 to October 28, 2007