Friday, December 20, 2013

Something Pretty for the Holiday

A floriated initial G in blue, red, and yellow.Among our many medieval manuscripts is this beautiful leaf from a 16th century Italian antiphonal celebrating the Christmas Day mass. This floriated initial G leads into one of the most famous lines of Christian choral music: "Gloria in excelsis Deo."
A page from a medieval antiphonal including the floriated "G."
We hope it brightens your holiday season.

We are closed through January 1st, but after that you can see the manuscript in person by asking for MS 002091.

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