Initial R: The Resurrection

Object Details

Title:

Initial R: The Resurrection

Artist/Maker(s):

Antonio da Monza (Italian, active about 1480 - 1505)

Culture:

Italian

Place(s):

Rome, Lazio, Italy (Place created)

Date:

late 15th or early 16th century

Medium:

Tempera colors, gold leaf, and ink on parchment bound between original wood boards covered with brown leather

Dimensions:

Leaf: 64.1 x 43.5 cm (25 1/4 x 17 1/8 in.)

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A grand initial R ornaments the most elaborate page in the gradual and marks the introit for Easter, the chant sung by the choir as the priest enters the church. Within the letter, Jesus stands atop his sarcophagus, giving the priestly sign of blessing while holding a cross staff with a banner, a traditional sign of his Resurrection. Below him, several Roman guards awaken from sleep. A long vista extends into the distance to include a monastery.

In the border, decorative and figural motifs derived from classical antiquity and known as grotesques delight the eye. Winged putti scamper across the backs of tritons, and Roman monumental lettering mingles with military trophies and carved cameos.

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