Angel with Harp

Artist: Cristoforo Cortese (Italian, Venice, active ca. 1390, died before 1445)

Date: ca. 1401–7

Medium: Tempera and gold on parchment, the gold filigree decoration applied on brownish gray bole.

Dimensions: 1975.1.2465b: angel with harp: 2 3/8 x 1 3/4 in. (6.1 x 4.5cm)
1975.1.2465b without border: 1 15/16 x 15/16 in. (4.9 x 2.4cm)

Classification: Manuscripts and Illuminations

Credit Line: Robert Lehman Collection, 1975

Accession Number: 1975.1.2465b

Not on view
This miniature, together with another illuminated music-making angel (Robert Lehman Collection, 1975.1.2465b), is a fragment of the decorative border of a manuscript folio. The leaf may have belonged to an antiphonary—a choir book containing sung portions of the Divine Office—that was commissioned in 1401 for the newly founded Dominican Convent of Corpus Domini in Venice. These miniatures were illuminated by Cristoforo Cortese, the most famous and prolific Venetian illuminator of the first half of the fifteenth century, and are his earliest known works.
Convent of Corpus Domini, Venice