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Life of Christ (final volume of set)

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Book with 2 leaves and 137 folios (ff.) Text comes from Ludolf von Sachsen' Life of Christ, a meditation on the Life of Christ that includes doctrinal, spiritual, and moral instructions and prayers. 2 columns of 48 text lines in Latin. Bounding lines brown plummet, full-length to upper and...

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3rd quarter of the 15th century, written at the Carthusian Certosa di San Cristofori, Ferrara, Italy [see note 1]. By 1938, with George Harold Edgell (1887-1954) [see note 2]; gift of George Harold Edgell. (Accession Date: April 14, 1938) NOTES: [1] Compare with Milan, Bibl. Trivulzia cod. 1440, which has the same monogram and is from the Certosa. Also, see Porro, G. Catalogo dei Codici Manoscritti della Trivulziana (Biblioteca Storica Italiana II:1) (Turin, 1884), p. 135, Cod. 1440, for description of the monogram. [2] George Harold Edgell served as director of the MFA from 1934 until 1954.

Credit Line

Gift of George Harold Edgell

Vita christi

Italian (Ferrara), Medieval (Late Gothic)/early Renaissance, about 1450–75

Place of Manufacture

Ferrara, Italy


Overall (page dimensions): 33.2 x 22.8 cm (13 1/16 x 9 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Tempera, ink, and gold on parchment; bindings of vellum over paste-boards with ink on spine and paper pastedowns and flyleaves




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