About 35 sister leaves are described by G Freuler, Italian Miniatures from the Twelfth to the Sixteenth Century, 2013, I, no.19, to which can be added a leaf depicting St Clement at the University of Santa Barbara, California. They come from a large series of Choirbooks produced between 1307 and 1324/26 for one of the most important churches in one of the most important book-producing cities in Europe: the Dominican church of San Domenico, Bologna: ‘the single most important cycle of liturgical books executed in that city during the first quarter of the fourteenth century’ (Paladino, Treasures of a Lost Art, 2003, p.24). It is known from old inventories that there were originally at least 14 volumes, from which three volumes and numerous cuttings are missing (Alce and d’Amato, La Biblioteca di S. Domenico in Bologna, 1961). The two main artists of the set of volumes are known as the First and Second Master of San Domenico, and also as the Seneca Master and the B.18 Master (cf. following lot) respectively; the present leaf is by the SENECA MASTER.
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