Title-page: ‘Volumen .XII. / Antiphonarium de Tempore / uno volumine comprehensum / Pro Cou. ff. Min. Sorex. / Cremon. olim s.p.n. [sancto patrono nostro?] Francisco / nunc Immac. Concep. sacro / [date erased, perhaps beginning 18 iulii]’ (p.1); Temporale (p.3) for the whole year from the Saturday before the first Sunday in Advent, to the 24th Sunday after Pentecost; added indexes of: feasts (p.369), Benedictus antiphons (p.371), and Magnificat antiphons (p.372).
Because the quantity of illuminated manuscripts being produced fell sharply in the 16th century, it is difficult to find close comparisons for books made outside major centres such as Milan and Rome. A possible clue to the date of the present book is the form of the Star of Bethlehem in the Adoration of the Magi initial: it is depicted as a comet with a very prominent tail, which may have been inspired by the ‘Great Comets’ of 1577 and 1580, which were described in contemporary accounts as being as bright as the moon.
The subjects of the historiated initials are: (1) the Holy Spirit (p.53; 17 December, ‘O sapientia’), (2) Nativity (p.78), (3) Adoration of the Shepherds (p.87), (4) St Stephen (p.92), (5) St John the Evangelist blessing the poisoned chalice (p.96), (6) a symbolic landscape with a halo(?) over a palm-tree flanked by lilies perhaps representing innocent martyrs (p.101; feast of the Holy Innocents), (7) Presentation in the Temple (p.107), (8) Adoration of the Magi (p.116), (9) Resurrection (p.229), (10) a sunrise over a landscape (p.232; ‘Hec dies quam fecit dominus …’), (11) Ascension (p.255), (12) Pentecost (p.262), (13) Trinity (p.278; Trinity Sunday), (14) Salvator Mundi (p.287; Corpus Christi Matins), (15) vase with grapes and ears of corn (p.292; Corpus Christi Lauds).
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