Fourth Sunday in Lent

April 24, 2009

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 Leaf from an Antiphonary:

Initial I with God commanding Moses to go to Egypt, Fourth Sunday in Lent 

Lombardy, Italy, c. 1485

Script: Rotunda

Parchment with ink, paint, and gold

Notation: Square

 

This initial begins the first response of the first nocturn of Matins for the Fourth Sunday in Lent, “Locutus est dominus ad Moysen didens descende in Egyptum …” (The Lord spoke to Moses saying, “Go down to Egypt.”)

Moses is pictured covering his face from the terrible greatness of God. This initial is very much a product of the early Renaissance in Italy: the architectural elements of the pillar with a swag and the urn are common to Renaissance decoration. Architectural elements appear throughout the decorations in this antiphonary.

Free Library of Philadelphia Lewis E M 70:14

 

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