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Five Leaves from a Noted Breviary
Northeastern Italy, Italy (Place Created)
Tempera colors, gold leaf, and ink
Ms. 24 (86.ML.674)
Leaf: 46.5 × 34.6 cm (18 5/16 × 13 5/8 in.)
These leaves come from a breviary, a liturgical book that contains all the sung and spoken texts used in the Divine Office--the prescribed prayers recited by monks and nuns at set times of the day. Although the specific community of monks in northern Italy who originally used this manuscript is unknown, images of monks clothed in the black, hooded robes worn by members of the Benedictine order appear in many of the initials that decorate its pages.
Private Collection [sold, Western Manuscripts and Miniatures, Sotheby's, London, June 24th, 1986, lots 24 and 25, to the J. Paul Getty Museum.]
Sotheby's, London. Western Manuscripts and Miniatures [ ]. June 24, 1986, pp. 22-25, lots 24-25, ill.
Kren, Thomas, and Kurt Barstow. Italian Illuminated Manuscripts in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2005), pp. 36-37, ill.
Scott, Margaret. Fashion in the Middle Ages (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2011), pp. 65, 69, fig. 47.
Bullock, C. Hassell, Mark L. Strauss, and John H. Walton. Psalms 2 vols. (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Books, 2015), Bullock, C. Hassell, Mark L. Strauss, and John H. Walton. Psalms 2 vols. (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Books, 2015), vol. 1, 13, ill.
Kren, Thomas, and Kurt Barstow. Italian Illuminated Manuscripts in the J. Paul Getty Museum. 2nd ed. (Los Angeles: The J. Paul Getty Museum, 2015), pp. 40-41, ill.