Manuscript Leaf with the Dedication of a Church in an Initial T, from a Gradual
Mariano del Buono (Italian, 1433–1504)
second half 15th century
Made in Florence, Italy
Tempera, ink, and gold on parchment
Overall: 28 3/16 x 20 in. (71.6 x 50.8 cm)
Illumination: 8 1/8 x 8 1/8 in. (20.7 x 20.7 cm)
Stave Ht: 2 1/16 in. (5.3 cm)
Stave interspace: 1 15/16 in. (5 cm)
Mat size: 34 3/16 x 27 3/16 in. (86.9 x 69.1 cm)
Manuscripts and Illuminations
Gift of Louis L. Lorillard, 1896, transferred from the Library
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 306
A prolific artist, Mariano del Buono's commissions include sacred books for both Christian and Jewish use. His painting on this large parchment leaf depicts the arrival of a pope at a church, and signals the beginning of the hymn sung at a special mass for the dedication of a church.
Louis L. Lorillard(until 1896)
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. 44, fig. 54.