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Initial I: God the Father Blessing
Francesco di Antonio del Chierico (Italian, 1433 - 1484)
Florence, Italy (Place Created)
Tempera and gold
Ms. 84 (2003.115), leaf 2v
Leaf: 57.7 × 40 cm (22 11/16 × 15 3/4 in.)
The sensitively drawn face and hands of God the Father stand out in this otherwise brightly colored illumination. These parts are probably not unfinished, but rather may be one of the artist's many experiments in using tinted drawing as part of his illumination. This depiction of God the Father Blessing, showing him reaching out of the foliate initial, is unusual for a choir book, but it illustrates the office for the Monday after Easter, which makes frequent reference to God the Father. The leaf originally came from an antiphonal that belonged with a set of seventeen choir books that were made for the Augustinian abbey (the Badia) at Fiesole near Florence under the patronage of Cosimo de' Medici.
The Bernard H. Breslauer Collection of Manuscript Illuminations (December 9, 1992 to April 4, 1993)
- The Morgan Library & Museum (New York), December 9, 1992 to April 4, 1993
Masterpieces in Miniature: Italian Manuscripts from the Middle Ages and Renaissance (March 29 to June 12, 2005)
- The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), March 29 to June 12, 2005
Masterpieces in Miniature: Italian Manuscript Illumination from the J. Paul Getty Museum (September 25, 2005 to January 2, 2006)
- National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.), September 25, 2005 to January 2, 2006
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