ANTHROPOMORPHIC INITIAL I
Illuminated Manuscript on Vellum[Central Italy], [ms], [14th century]
Folio (475×340 mm.). On recto seven four-line staves in red, music in square notation alternating with seven line text in brown ink in a gothic bookhand; a couple of initials with penwork flourishing, in red with blue, in blue with red; numbered 291 on upper margin. INITIAL I (body: 145x25mm.) COMPOSED WHOLLY OF A HUMAN FIGURE WITH HAT, dressed in light blue and red, on a blue background with white tracery; leafy extensions in light pink and blue developing from the hat and the feet into the inner and upper margins. On verso seven four-line staves in red, music in square notation alternating with seven line text written in brown ink in a gothic bookhand; red penwork initial with blue flourishing. – Slightly worn in the lower part with loss of a few letters, otherwise good.
The initial I opens the response ‘In montem Oliveti oravi ad patrem pater si fieri potest’ on Holy Thursday. According to the Catholic liturgical year, these two leaves marked, in the same Antiphonal, the beginning and the end of Lent.