Leaf from an Antiphonary

Italian (Bologna)
Medieval (Gothic)
about 1300–25
Attributed to Neri da Rimini (Italian, active 1303–1328)

Place of Manufacture: Bologna, Italy


Overall (page dimensions): 48.8 x 36 cm (19 3/16 x 14 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Tempera, ink, and gold on parchment

Not On View





One of four codicologically unrelated leaves from an antiphonary, a choral book containing the music used in the Divine Office.

1 column of 6 staves in Latin. Bounding lines blind or light plummet, doubled and full-length to upper and lower edges, writing lines blind or light plummet, with upper and lower bounding lines for each line of text. Heightened square notation on a four-line red staff, C-clef indicated.

Written in a Italian rotunda script in black ink, red rubrics. Two-staff-high historiated initial on the recto with Isaac, bedridden and blind, approached by Esau, holding bow and arrow, in foliate [T] (for “Tolle arma…”) in gold and colors with acanthus into margins.


17th century foliation in outer margin reads 42.


By 1920, Dr. Denman Waldo Ross (1853-1935), Cambridge, MA; 1920, gift of Dr. Denman Waldo Ross. (Accession Date: September 2, 1920)

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection