Leaf from a gradual
Mariano del Buono (Italian, Florentine, 1433–1504)
Tempera, gold, and ink on parchment
28 1/8 x 20 1/8 in. (71.5 x 51 cm)
Gift of Louis L. Lorillard, 1896 (96.32.16)
This illumination offers a glimpse of life and death among wealthy citizens of Florence. The funeral procession is a lavish affair, with the deceased resting on a bier covered with expensive silk and the mourners attired in brightly colored costumes.