INVENTION and DISCOVERY:
Printed Books from Fifteenth-Century Europe
An Exhibition at Bridwell Library, February 1 – May 3, 2010
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29. [MISSAL, for Roman Use]. Venice: Bartholomaeus de Blavis, Andreas Torresanus de Asula, and Mapheus de Paterbonis, July 1482.
Missals, tradition required that the beginning of the Canon of the Mass (“Te
igitur”) should be illustrated with an image of the crucified Christ or
a related image of sacrifice, such as Abraham’s sacrifice of his son Isaac.
In Bridwell Library’s copy of this early Venetian Missal, an unidentified
Italian illuminator has painted an arresting and monumental image of Christ
on the Cross, devoid of any additional figures or extraneous narrative
details. Preserved in its original Italian binding, this is the only copy of
this Missal in America.
may not be published without the permission of Bridwell Library.