Illuminated Manuscript: Nativity Scene

Illuminated Manuscript: Nativity Scene


Description: Large Antiphonal Leaf with miniature of the Nativity Scene. Stunning leaf from a northern Italian antiphonal on parchment (late 15th century). 4 4-line staves with square notation in black with corresponding lines of lyrics on both sides. Large historiated initial "H" elaborately painted in pink, blue, green & purple on a rich gold background opens the chant. The painting within the initial depicts the nativity with Mary and Joseph kneeling in prayer over the baby Jesus who rests on his mother's mantle. The scene is painted on a landscape background where an ox and a donkey from the manger are clearly visible. Additional large initial "S" painted in red with green, white & gold floral decoration. The music is from "Hodie Nobis Caelorum Rex" (Today the King of Heaven), a chant sung on Christmas. Size: 574 x 414 mm (approx. 22.6 x 16.3inches) Initial: 144 x128 mm The text in Latin: Hodie nobis caelorum Rex de virgine nasci dignatus est, ut hominem perditum ad regna caelestia revocaret, gaudet exercitus angelorum, quia salus eterna humano ... English translation: Today the King of heaven deigned to be born for us of a virgin, that he might call lost man back to the heavenly kingdom, the host of angels rejoices, because eternal salvation has appeared to the human race...
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