Breviary of Ercole I d'Este

Dublin Core

Identifier

Biblioteca Estense, MS V.G. 11 = Lat. 424

Coverage

Modena, Italy

Title

Breviary of Ercole I d'Este

Table Of Contents

Calendar, Temporale, Psalter, Sanctorale, Common of Saints, Auxiliary Texts

Format

Codex; iii, 310, iii; parchment; 370 x 265 mm

Description

Script: Textualis rotunda in two columns of 37 lines. Decoration: illuminated manuscript with full borders and historiated initials marking important feast days and delicate penwork and painted decoration embellishing less important pages.

Creator

Matteo da Milano (active 1492-1523) and others

Publisher

Ferrara, Italy

Language

Latin

Date

ca. 1502-1504

Provenance

Ercole d'Este (1431-1505), Duke of Ferrara, patron; Francis V of Austria-d'Este (1819-1875); Tammaro De Marinis (1878-1969).

Relation

Type

Text: bound book

Bibliographic Citation

FAVA, Domenico - SALMI, Mario, I manoscritti miniati della Biblioteca Estense di Modena, Firenze-Milano, 1950-1973, v. I, p. 181-201; FAVA, Domenico, Il Breviario di Ercole I d'Este, in "Accademie e Biblioteche d'Italia", XIII (1938-1939), n. 5, p. 415-418.

Contributor

Debra Taylor Cashion, PhD,MLIS

Items in the Breviary of Ercole I d'Este Collection

Calendar for January-February
Script: Textualis rotunda in 37 long lines.
Decoration for each month: 1 six-line image in a rectangular frame with the labor of the month; 1 round medallion with the sign of the zodiac; full border comprising two vertical bar extensions terminating…

Calendar for March-April
Script: Textualis rotunda in 37 long lines.
Decoration for each month: 1 six-line image in a rectangular frame with the labor of the month; 1 round medallion with the sign of the zodiac; full border comprising two vertical bar extensions terminating…

Psalm 26
Script: Textualis rotunda in two columns of 37 lines. Decoration: 10-line historiated initial with a image of Christ pointing to his eye; panel borders on three sides with medallions, one with an image of a bird, the other with an image of a grey…

Office of the Dead
Script: Textualis rotunda in two columns of 37 lines. Decoration: 9 three-line initials; two vertical bar extensions in red and blue penwork, terminating in floral and filigree forms, with an image of a human skull in the center bas-de-page.

Beginning of the Temporale: Feast of the First Sunday in Advent
Script: Textualis rotunda in two columns of 37 lines. Decoration: 12-line historiated initial with an author portrait of St. Paul; panel borders on four sides with historiated medallions and symmetrical grotesque forms.

Beginning of the Sanctorale: Feast of St. Saturinus
Script: Textualis rotunda in two columns of 37 lines. Decoration: 12-line historiated initial with the martrydom of St. Saturinus; panel borders on four sides with historiated medallions and symmetrical grotesque forms.