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Vallambrosan Rituale

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A ritual (a book containing the prayers and formulae for the administration of all the sacraments) for the use of the Benedictine Order of Vall'ambrosa, composed of 3 leaves and 75 folios (ff.): ff. 1 - 30v: [Benediction, profession, and consecration of novice nuns, including a litany on ff. 8...

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Between 1479-1508, probably written at Santa Maria di Vall'ambrosa, near Florence, Italy [see note 1]. By 1979, Aimée and Rosamond Lamb, Boston, MA; gift of Aimée and Rosamond Lamb. (Accession date: October 17, 1979) NOTES: [1] Probably written at Santa Maria di Vall'ambrosa, approximately 20 miles east of Florence, between 1479-1508. The overlap of the abbacy of Biagio Milanesi (abb. 1479-1523), who is mentioned in the professions, and the Florentine Episcopacy of Rinaldo Orsini (bishop 1474-1508), whose arms are on f. 1.

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Gift of Miss Aimée and Miss Rosamond Lamb

Rituale vall'Umbrose

Italian (Tuscany), Medieval (Late Gothic)/early Renaissance, 1479–1508

Place of Manufacture

Tuscany, Italy


Overall (page dimensions): 25.5 x 18.8 cm (10 1/16 x 7 3/8 in.) Overall (writing space): 24.5 x 17.7 cm (9 5/8 x 6 15/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Tempera, ink, and pencil (modern) with gold on parchment; bindings of blind-stamped- and -rolled calf over bevelled wooden boards with gilding and metal




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