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God the Father and King David, historiated initials on two bifolia from an Antiphonary, in Latin, illuminated manuscript on vellum [Silesia (Wrocław), c.1415-20]
two bifoliaeach leaf approximately 390mm. by 290mm, with two historiated initials by Jan z Żytawy: (a) initial ‘D’ (opening Psalm 39, "Dixi custodiam vias meis …"; and (b) initial ‘D’ (opening Psalm 110, "Dixit dominus domino meo …", the first Psalm for Sunday Vespers), formed of acanthus on burnished gold grounds within profile frames, coloured spiralling acanthus including flowers extending into the margins, enclosing God the Father Enthroned and King David holding a Book, two columns, 36 lines, written space 280mm. by 183mm., capitals in yellow, rubrics in red, one-line initials in red or blue, 2-line initials in red with purple pen-flourishing or in blue with red pen-flourishing, both leaves with prickings in outer margins and in original or nearly-original dimensions, vellum cockled, illumination slightly rubbed, one bifolium with flaking ink
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Jan z Żytawy was an illuminator of probable Czech origin who studied in Prague (see B. Miodońska in Malarstwo Gotyckie w Polsce, vol.II, pp.371-449, esp.pp.393-97). He was active in Silesia around 1420. Two of his works are signed with "Johannes de Zittavia", a Vitae Patrum (Wrocław, University Library, IV F 179) and the Codex Głubczycki. He followed the style of manuscripts made in Prague for Wenceslas IV, king of Bohemia (1378-1419), which were considered the most up-to-date works of the time. Characteristic for his style are figures with long oval faces and draperies in linear arrangements. Especially close to the present leaves is an Antiphonary of the Poor Clares of Wrocław which was probably made around the same time (Wrocław, University Library, IF 430, see Miodońska, vol.I, figs.889, 891). The slim and elegant spiralling acanthus leaves terminating in flower buds are also representative for his work.

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