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A LEAF FROM A GIANT ROMANESQUE HOMILIARY, in Latin, illuminated manuscript on vellum [Italy, probably Tuscany, final quarter 12th century]
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A LEAF FROM A GIANT ROMANESQUE HOMILIARY, in Latin, illuminated manuscript on vellum [Italy, probably Tuscany, final quarter 12th century]

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A LEAF FROM A GIANT ROMANESQUE HOMILIARY, in Latin, illuminated manuscript on vellum [Italy, probably Tuscany, final quarter 12th century]

A splendid example of protogothic script — so appealing for its simplicity and classical aesthetic — and of Tuscan illumination at the end of the 12th century.

410 x 249mm. 40 lines of rounded protogothic script in two columns, written space: 370 x 235mm. One large decorated initial 'L' in bright yellow, red and blue, with foliate decoration and interlace, opening the homily of Pope Gregory the Great (tightly cropped at margins, with loss of part of a beaked figure in ink, but no loss of text).

The bold, primary colours, and the delicately shaded foliate infills are closely related to the work of the Masters of the Pluteus Bible (Florence, Bibl. Laurenziana, Plut. 15.13) and of the Corbolinus Master (Florence, Bibl. Laurenziana, Conv. Soppr. 630). Similar in style and script is another late 13th-century Homiliary now at the British Library (Harley 7183).
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