Levitation of Mary Madgalene

Record ID: 
398792
Accession number: 
MS M.1199
Title: 
Levitation of Mary Madgalene
Created: 
Paris, France, ca. 1498.
Credit: 
Purchased on a grant provided by the Bernard H. Breslauer Foundation and with contributions from the Visiting Committee to the Department of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts, 2016.
Description: 
single leaf, matted : vellum, ill. ; 685 x 515 mm
Provenance: 
Leaf from the Gradual of King Louis XII and Queen Anne de Bretagne; broken up by 1840 (Le Roux de Lincy, Vie de la reine Anne de Bretagne..., Paris, 1860-61, II, 86); this leaf sold in London, Sotheby's, 5 July 2016, lot 45, when it was bought by the Morgan.
Notes: 

Ms. single leaf with historiated initial portraying the levitation of Mary Magdalene, from the Gradual of King Louis XII and Queen Anne de Bretagne.
Contents: On the recto can be found the conclusion of the Offertory and the Communion for the feast of the Seven Brothers (July 10); the rubric indicating that the feast of the Translation of St. Benedict (July 11) can be found in the Common; and the rubric for the feast of St. Turiavus (July 13). On the verso are the incipits for Turiavus (Introit, Offertory, and Communion); the rubric indicating the feasts of Sts. Arnulfus (July 18), Margaret (July 20), and Victor (July 21) can be found in the Common; and the beginning of the Introit for the feast of Mary Magdalene (July 22).
Decoration: 1 large historiated initial, 2 illuminated borders containing the arms and initial L of King Louis XII.
Artist: Master of the Paris Entries (Jean Coene?), fl. ca. 1498 - 1530.
Note: This is the only complete leaf from the Gradual with an historiated initial. Another leaf, but with illuminated borders only, is at Wellesley College (Mass.), MS 6 (de Ricci, 1935, I, 1068, no. 6); part of the Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity Sunday [not, as cited by de Hamel, the Third Sunday after Easter]). Numerous cuttings and fragments from the Gradual are listed by Christopher de Hamel, Gilding the Lily: A Hundred Medieval and Illuminated Manuscripts in the Lilly Library, Bloomington (Ind.), 2010, 182-83, no. 83. Two cuttings are in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (Marlay Cuttings Fr. 15 and 16a: Stella Panayotova, ed., Colour: The Art & Science of Illuminated Manuscripts, London, 2016, 187, no. 37, illus.)

Script: 
Gothic script
Language: 
Latin,
Classification: