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

Artist: Nerius (Italian, Bolognese, active 1310–1325)

Date: ca. 1320

Geography: Made in Bologna, Italy

Culture: Italian

Medium: Tempera, ink, and gold on parchment

Dimensions: 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)

Classification: Manuscripts and Illuminations

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1912

Accession Number: 12.56.1


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.