Initial "H" with St. Martin and the Beggar (Cutting from an Antiphonary)

Italian (Siena?)
Medieval (Gothic)
early 14th century
Attributed to Memmo di Filippuccio

Place of Manufacture: Europe, possibly Siena, Italy, Tuscany


Overall: 17.6 x 18.2 cm (6 15/16 x 7 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Tempera, ink and gold on parchment

Not On View





A cutting from an antiphonary (or a book containing the sung portions of the Divine Office), an historiated letter “H,” with St. Martin giving his cloak to the beggar, on the recto. The illumination depicts the first nocturn of Matins for the office of St. Martin of Tours (11 November): recto: [R.] H[ic est Martinus…]…; verso: [A. Martinus adhuc catechumenus] me veste contexit/ [A.] Sanctae trinitatis fidem [Mar]tinus confessus….

A cutting with 3 partial staves on verso with text in Latin. Bounding and writing lines in blind. Heightened square neumes on a four-line staff (no clef extant). Written in a Rotunda script in black ink.


By 1938, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Jackson Holmes [see note 1]; 1941, gift of Mrs. Edward Jackson Holmes. (Accession date: December 11, 1941)

[1] In 1938 and again in 1940-41, this book was on loan to the MFA from Mr. and Mrs. Edward Jackson Holmes.

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Edward Jackson Holmes