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  • Initial C with Saint Lawrence, ca. 1380–90
    From a gradual
    Don Simone Camaldolese (Italian, active 1375–98)
    Italian (Florence)
    Tempera, gold, and ink on parchment

    5 7/8 x 7 1/2 in. (15 x 19.2 cm)
    Bequest of Mrs. A. M. Minturn, 1890 (90.61.2)

    When embellished with a figure or a scene, the opening letter of a hymn serves as a visual prompt to members of the choir. Here, the figure dressed as a deacon and holding a large grill is Saint Lawrence, whose feast is celebrated on August 10. Still visible in the margin is a note to the artist indicating that a figure (figura) should be painted in the letter.

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    Initial C with Saint Lawrence, ca. 1380–90
    From a gradual
    Don Simone Camaldolese (Italian, active 1375–98)
    Italian (Florence)
    Tempera, gold, and ink on parchment

    5 7/8 x 7 1/2 in. (15 x 19.2 cm)
    Bequest of Mrs. A. M. Minturn, 1890 (90.61.2)


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