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Jesus Stoned by the Crowd, in an initial I

Jesus Stoned by the Crowd, in an initial I
Cutting from an Antiphonary, in Latin
Illuminated by Master B. F.
Italy, Milan, ca. 1500
172 x 168 mm
Purchased on the Acquisition Fund, 1995; MS M.1090
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Although many cuttings come from Graduals, this example comes from an Antiphonary, as the verso contains part of the music for the Passion Sunday office. In Graduals the Introits are illustrated, while in Antiphonaries it is the responses for the first lesson. The initial I (of Isti) begins the first response: Isti sunt dies (These are the days).

Here, however, the initial illustrates the third lesson, from the Gospel of John (8:46–59). During a dispute in the temple the Jews accused Jesus of being a "Samaritan and having a devil," asking if he was greater than Abraham. When he responded that "before Abraham was made, I am," they were angered and tried to stone him, but Jesus hid himself and left the temple.

The leaf was lot 15 in the landmark Celotti sale held at Christie's in 1825.

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