ST. DOMINIC RECEIVING HIS RULE, miniature on a leaf cut from an ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT CHOIRBOOK ON VELLUM
[? Naples, c. 1320]
450 x 335mm., St. Dominic stands before the altar holding and indicating a book, he looks up to the hand of God blessing at the upper right, at a lower level seated friars look on, the whole framed with a cusped gothic arch, above this two niches with standing friars and above them two bell-towers and a dome, painted in pink, blue, green, orange and grey with burnished gold halo, altar cross and architectural decoration, overall dimensions of the miniature 240 x 167mm., 6 lines of text written in a gothic textura in brown ink between 6 lines of music of square notation on a 4-line stave of red, rubrics in red, large initial of red and brown penwork (some rubbing and creasing), framed.
The miniature marks the Officium of the Feast of St. Dominic in a Gradual of which this leaf was folio 126. That Dominic is named 'beatus' rather than 'sanctus' and that he and the friars are not dressed in strict Dominican habit makes it extremely unlikely that it was made for a Dominican convent.