England, Oxford(?), 13th century
ink, tempera and gold on vellum, Each leaf: 17.9 x 13.5 cm (7 x 5 5/16 in.). The Jeanne Miles Blackburn Collection 1999.124
The decorated initial introduces the Canticle of Ezechias (Isaiah 38:10-20): Ego dixi in dimidio...
(I said: In the midst of my days...). Stylistically, this leaf relates to English work of the last quarter of the 13th century, possibly from the vicinity of Oxford. Hard lines, sharp expressions, and a schematic drawing of the hair give the prophet a coarse-looking face. He poses in a rigid and angular way. Hard drapery patterns emphasize the triangular folds, and the initial's ascender terminates as a standing bird.
CMA, 19 December 1999 - 27 February 2000, The Jeanne Miles Blackburn Collection of Manuscript Illuminations, cat. 13, illus. p. 21.
The Cleveland Museum of Art (10/10/2004 - 10/02/2005); "Illuminated Manuscripts"
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