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Manuscript Illumination with Scenes of Easter in an Initial A, from an Antiphonary

Nerius (Italian, Bolognese, active 1310–1325)
ca. 1320
Made in Bologna, Italy
Tempera, ink, and gold on parchment
Overall: 9 7/16 x 9 3/8 in. (23.9 x 23.8 cm) Stave Ht.: 1 1/16 in. (2.7 cm) between stave ht.: 1 1/8 in. (2.8 cm) Mat size: 19 1/4 x 14 1/4 in. (48.9 x 36.2 cm)
Manuscripts and Illuminations
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1912
Accession Number:
Not on view
Nerius' name is known from his signature on a legal manuscript, for which Bologna, with its great university, was renowned. This example of his work, however, was created for a community of Augustinian monks. The scene weaves the accounts of two Gospels. Following Mark, the women approach the tomb of Jesus to anoint his body but find an angel at his empty tomb. According to Matthew's report of what happened to two holy women on Easter Sunday, they meet Jesus as they leave.
#2848. Initial A with Scenes of Easter
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[ Jean Paul Richter, London and Florence (sold 1912)]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Choirs of Angels: Painting in Italian Choir Books, 1300-1500," November 25, 2008–April 12, 2009.

Gómez-Moreno, Carmen, ed. Medieval Images: A Glimpse into the Symbolism and Reality of the Middle Ages. Katonah: Katonah Museum of Art, 1978. no. 12, pp. 6-7, 18.

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. 37, fig. 42.

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