Antiphonary, Dominican use


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

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 and Musical Notation

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