RIT CARY GRAPHIC ARTS COLLECTION
Missals - Illustrations
Music - Manuscripts - Illustrations
Gregorian chants - Illustrations
Illumination of books and manuscripts, Medieval
Ms. This manuscript leaf is part of a collection of medieval manuscript leaves selected to illustrate the art of the manuscript during the period of its greatest development and influence. They have been taken from books written in various European scriptoria by Benedictine, Franciscan, Carthusian, Dominican, and other orders of monks. Many are enriched with handsome borders, initial letters, and line-endings rendered in color. Twenty-five are illuminated with burnished gold or silver. The texts include the Bible, various church service books, the writings of the Church fathers, and some of the Classics.
In angular gothic notation
The large-scale missal was intended to be viewed at a distance by a choir who shared it amongst themselves. It was much easier to write out one large book for multiple use than it was to write out a requisite number of individual copies. The delicate tracery in the initials shows how beautifully vellum functioned as a substrate for bookmaking. Its hard surface and residual fat content made it a perfect substrate for the water-based inks of the medieval scribes. The hair follicles of the calf from which this vellum was obtained still show clearly in this manuscript and were not at all considered a distraction or a flaw. This vellum leaf was created in Italy.
Rochester Institute of Technology - RIT Libraries - Cary Graphic Arts Collection
Ege, Otto F.
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50 x 36 cm
Original Item Location:
PORTFOLIO BOX 2-51
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The manuscript leaves of this collection were accumulated and selected and most of the accompanying information was prepared over a period of forty years by the late Otto F. Ege, Dean of the Cleveland Institute of Art and Lecturer on the History of the Book at the School of Library Science, Western Reserve University. Each leaf is matted and accompanied by a descriptive letterpress label.
Missal. Fragments. Late 15th century