Dominican Missal Leaf

Italian (Perugia)c. 1353

Reading Public Museum

Reading Public Museum
Reading, United States

This leaf, from a Dominican Missal, is from a Christmas Mass. The illumination is typical of the style produced in Perugia in the middle of the fourteenth century. The script is a form of Italian blackletter known as rotunda. It is less angular than script used in northern centers. The historiated “P” in the right-hand column shows the Virgin, identified by her iconic blue and red clothing, holding the Infant Jesus, with an attendant in blue on the right.

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  • Title: Dominican Missal Leaf
  • Creator: Italian (Perugia)
  • Date Created: c. 1353
  • Physical Dimensions: 10.25"h x 7"w (sheet)
  • Type: work on paper
  • Medium: opaque watercolor, gold, and ink on vellum
  • Culture: Italian
  • Credit Line: Gift, Mrs. Otto F. Ege from Otto F. Ege Collection