Domenico Morone (Italian, Verona ca. 1442–ca. 1518 Verona)
Tempera and gold on parchment
7 3/8 x 6 1/8 in. (18.7 x 15.5cm)
Initial Ground: 6 1/4 x 6 3/16 in. (15.8 x 15.7cm)
Manuscripts and Illuminations
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Not on view
Initial O introducing the Introit (opening chant) to the Mass for the third Sunday of Lent, Psalm 24:15: Oculi mei semper ad Dominumquia ipse ellevet de laqueopedesmeos, “My eyes are ever toward the Lord, for he shall pluck my feet out of the snare.” This vibrantly colored initial portrays David holding the end of a noose around his foot while looking toward heaven to the hand of God. It is among a small group of miniatures by the Veronese painter Domenico Morone and belonged to an unidentified choir book known as a gradual that was likely made for a Franciscan monastery, perhaps San Bernardino di Verona. Domenico is known primarily for his panel paintings and large-scale frescoes for churches in the Veneto. His hard, linear style, sculpturesque figures, plastic manner of rendering drapery, and rocky landscape reveal the influence of the Paduan master Andrea Mantegna.
Inscription: Annotated (on verso, two fragmentary lines of text): me et mi / iquoni
Marking: Annotated on the verso: at center top, in brown ink: No. 5; in the bottom left corner: 33 (circled) and 00900 (in pencil); at the lower left: 2 (in ink ?); in the center in light brown ink: 45 (circled); at the lower right: A (?)
[Maggs Brothers, London]. Acquired by Robert Lehman from Maggs.