Lewis E M 72:4-10
- Tomasino da Vimercate - Artist
1485 - 1499
394 mm x 559 mm
Initial U with St. Catherine of Alexandria
These cuttings can be dated to ca. 1395. Cuttings are sister leaves to E M 28:2-:23 and two other leaves, one in Bloomington, Indiana University, The Lilly Library, C. L. Ricketts Coll, L. 3, and another in a private collection in Milan.
This initial begins the Introit for the Mass of the feast of St. Catherine of Alexandria (Nov. 25), "Vox de celis Katherine reditur veni sponsa gloriosa..." (The voice came back from heaven, 'Come glorious bride').
Until his identity was determined by documentary evidence, the illuminator Tomasino da Vimercate was previously known as the anonymous Master of the Modena Hours after his most characteristic work in a book of hours now in the Biblioteca Estense in Modena, Italy. Tomasino was active in Milan where he worked for ecclesiastical and lay patrons from ca. 1390 to 1415. He illuminated other leaves in the Free Library's collection (Lewis E M 27:22-23). This group of leaves and cuttings comes from the same series of choir books.
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