Illuminated folio from a fine Italian Gradual.
Single folio on vellum. Italy, ca. 1490: 780 x 450 mm. Six four-line staves in red (51 mm). Decoration: three exquisite foliate initials U, G, and E in shades of green, red, and blue with white-leaf penwork highlights, two on gold grounds, the third on russet. Text: Psalm, versicle, and Gradual for Tuesday of Holy Week. This page comes from an as yet unidentified Gradual of unusual richness. Framed in a heavy museum quality frame with double glazing.