Manuscript Illumination with Singing Monks in an Initial D, from a Psalter
Girolamo dai Libri (Italian, Verona 1474–1555 Verona)
Made in Verona, Italy
Tempera, ink, and gold on parchment
Overall: 9 1/16 x 7 in. (23 x 17.8 cm)
Illumination: 4 x 4 1/8 in. (10.2 x 10.5 cm)
Mat size: 19 1/4 x 14 1/4 in. (48.9 x 36.2 cm)
Manuscripts and Illuminations
Rogers Fund, 1912
Not on view
While one monk looks down in pious contemplation, two others gaze at the divine beams of radiating light that inspire their song. But their eyes and voices are drawn outside the frame to the text and music on the page, as if they were reading and singing from the book. Dressed in white, they are members of the Olivetan order, which commissioned Girolamo dai Libri and his father, Francesco, to create the psalter.
From a psalter created for the Olivetan monastery of Santa Maria in Organo, Verona; comte Luigi Balladoro of Verona(until 1888); [ Jean Paul Richter, London and Florence (sold 1912)]
Palazzo della Gran Guardia. Mantegna e le Arti a Verona: 1450-1500, edited by Sergio Marinelli, and Paola Marini. Venezia: Marsilio Editori, 2006. no. 125c, pp. 379-381.
Boehm, Barbara Drake. "Choirs of Angels: Painting in Italian Choir Books, 1300-1500." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, n.s., 66, no. 3 (Winter 2009). p. 13, fig. 10.