The Ascension (Cutting from a Gradual or Antiphonary)

Italian (Bologna?)
Medieval (Gothic)
about 1350–1400
Attributed to Niccolò di Giacomo da Bologna (Italian (active in Bologna, 1349–1403))


Overall: 13 x 9.8 cm (5 1/8 x 3 7/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Tempera and ink with gold leaf on parchment

Not On View





A cutting from a Gradual or Antiphonary (both books hold songs used in the Divine Office or Mass), containing two partial staves on verso, heightened square neumes on a four-line staff (no clef extant).

Recto: P[ost passionem suam…]
Verso: …[nu]bes suscepit [eum ab oculis e]orum alle[luia]

Text in Latin written in a Rotunda script in black ink. [P] in gold and colors on gold background, historiated with the Ascension: a crowd of saints and other onlookers gaze upward at the ascending Christ, who is positioned sideways in a lunge with his left hand raised toward heaven.


By 1909, Dr. Denman W. Ross (1853-1935), Cambridge, MA; 1909, gift of Dr. Denman W. Ross. (Accession date: August 26, 1909)

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection