Antiphonary, Dominican use


Cambridge, MA, Harvard University, Houghton Library, MS Typ 1002

Harvard University, "HOLLIS+" (Not Printed)

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General Information

Title: Antiphonary, Dominican use

Shelfmarks: MS Typ 1002

Material: vellum

Place of Origin: Italy

Script, Hands:

The text is written in a large gothic rotunda hand, with music on a red 4-line staff.

Original Condition

Page Height: 550 mm

Page Width: 390 mm

Height of Written Area: 380 mm

Width of Written Area: 280 mm

Number of Columns: 1

Width of Columns: 280 mm

Number of Lines: 6

Line Height: 10 mm

Current Condition

Dimensions: 54 cm

Book Decoration

Persons: The illumination has been ascribed to the Master of the Dominican Effigies, working in Florence: see Palladino.


The initial letter "G" is historiated, showing a female saint in a Dominican habit, crowned, apparently Bd. Elizabeth of Hungary (d. 1320). This is drawn in tempera with gold leaf.


  • De Ricci, 1708 (D.18)

  • W. P. Stoneman in Of current interest (Houghton Library 2006), no. 21

  • P. Palladino, Treasures of a lost art: Italian manuscript painting of the Middle Ages and Renaissance (Metropolitan Museum of Art 2003), no. 23