Single leaf, Laudario of Sant’Agnese

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MS M.742
Single leaf, Laudario of Sant’Agnese
Florence, Italy, ca. 1340.
Purchased in 1929.
1 single leaf, matted : vellum, ill. ; 454 x 335 mm
Executed for the Compagnia di Sant'Agnese of the church of Santa Maria del Carmine in Florence, ca. 1340; purchased from Jacob Hirsch on March 5, 1929.

Ms. single leaf from a Laudario (vernacular hymnal); written and illuminated in Florence, Italy, ca. 1340.
Text on the verso is from an unidentified lauda: ...gue et carne pura / in tale speçie avengna / perche sicuri li tuoi servidori / ciascun ci pren[d]a a lliberar la mente / fosti amorosamente / non te mostrando di te largitore / tu quando non secondo quantitade / non fuor di luogo non come locato / ma sempre un cor pose in luoghi diversi...
Pierpont Morgan Library MS M.742 is one of nearly two dozen leaves and cuttings from a single laudario that are scattered among European and American collections, listed and described in Kanter, 1994. Sister leaves (M. 742 is one of 23) -- Washington: National Gallery B-20,651 and B-15,393 and B-22,128; Paris: Musée du Louvre, inv. no. 9828; Philadelphia: Free Library, M. 25:8 and M. 25:7a; Kreuzlingen, Kislers Collection, Adoration of the Magi; London: British Library, Add. MS. 18196 and Add. MS. 35254; Florence: Private Collection, Annunciation; Cambridge: Fitzwilliam Museum, MS 194 and Marlay Cutting It. 83; New York: Private Collection, Ascension; Strasbourg: Forrer Collection, Baptism and Martyrdom of Saint Pancras in inital S; Chicago: Art Institute, Saint Zenobius in inital N; Rome: Salmi Collection, Miracles of Saint Zenobius; New York: Breslauer Collection, 66; Antwerp: van den Bergh Collection, MS 303; New York: private collection, Martyrdom of Saint Bartholomew; The Cloisters Collection (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY) 2006.250, formerly Florence: Bruscoli Collection, Instruments of the Passion in initial O; Berlin: Staatliche Museen Kupferstichkabinett, Min. 6059
Decoration: 1 large miniature with Christ in Majesty surrounded by full vinescroll border containing 2 full-length offering figures and 5 historiated medallions.
Musical notation: 4-line staves in red ink, square notes.
Artist: Pacino di Bonaguida.