Original leaf from a medieval Choirbook. This musical leaf was executed by hand in manuscript calligraphy on animal parchment. The music and text (five lines written in rounded gothic script) were written in black ink on three and four-line staves.
Italy (Florence) c. 1470
Provenance: From a New Jersey collection - obtained from Mackus Company who attributed the leaf to Frater Julianus (Fra Giuliano Amadei), painter and Choir Book illuminator who was a Camaldolese Monk and student of Piero della Francesca.
The exceptional illuminated ''P'' (240 x 160mm) is painted in deep blue with a white floral design and a intricate interior and exterior of floral and geometric designs in red, blue, and liquid gold.
The large "P" begins the hymn for the Feast of St. Francis - written by St. Gregory: ''Proles de celo...'' (A son came forth from heaven, performing new miracles, opening the heavens to the blind, crossing water with dry feet...).