Manuscript Leaf with a Funeral Procession in an Initial R, from a Gradual

Artist: Mariano del Buono (Italian, 1433–1504)

Date: second half 15th century

Geography: Made in Florence, Italy

Culture: Italian

Medium: Tempera, ink, and gold on parchment

Dimensions: Overall: 28 1/8 x 20 1/16 in. (71.5 x 51 cm)
Ilumination: 8 3/16 x 8 11/16 in. (20.8 x 22.1 cm)
Mat size: 34 1/4 x 27 3/16 in. (87 x 69 cm)

Classification: Manuscripts and Illuminations

Credit Line: Gift of Louis L. Lorillard, 1896, transferred from the Library

Accession Number: 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.