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Auction 198, Lot 707

"[Lot of 3 - Missal Leaves]", Luc Antonio Giunta

Subject: Early Printing

Period: 1520 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

9.6 x 13.8 inches
24.4 x 35.1 cm
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This leaf is from the brief transitional period when the new technology of printing with movable type was combined with the more labor intensive methods of hand painting. The earliest printers were trained in the manuscript tradition and incorporated the conventions of historiated initials and illustrations into their early work. At first they left those spaces blank for the illuminator to complete entirely by hand. Later they developed printing methods (using woodcuts or iron engravings) to decorate the leaves.

These three leaves feature a large engraving of the Crucifixion of Jesus that is surrounded by religious imagery and other scenes from the bible, including the Last Supper. Facing the engraving of the Crucifixion is a large historiated initial that has been hand painted in blue, green, white and gold. The leaves are printed in red and black ink, with the text pages printed in two columns. One of the text pages lists the saints for each month


Condition: B+

Contemporary color with minor soiling and several small worm holes.

Estimate: $350 - $425

Sold for: $250

Closed on 6/19/2024