master of the missal of cardinal bernardino de carvajal - Leaves from a Missal, 1523-1527

master of the missal of cardinal bernardino de carvajal (active Rome, 1520s - )

Leaves from a Missal of Pope Clement VII, 1523-1527

Ink, colors and gold on vellum, 43.5 x 31.5 cm (17 1/8 x 12 3/8 in.) leaves


Object details

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  • Master Of The Missal Of Cardinal Bernardino De Carvajal (active Rome, 1520s - ) - illuminator
  • R. De Coverly - binder



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Binding Description

Dark blue goatskin with purple silk moiré doublures and fly-leaves framed by gilt-tooled, circular and oval compartments of red goatskin


1 Vol. (5 leaves, 29-31 lines) ; vellum ; ill : 43.5 cm


Made for use by Pope Clement VII (Giulio de' Medici, 1478-1534) in the Sistine Chapel, 1523-1527. (as probably part of manuscript A.III.14, until 1728)
Probably removed from the Vatican Library during the French occupation of Rome in 1798.
Probably in an anonymous English collection, about 1850-1900. (rebound by Roger de Coverly, London)
Collection of the scholar and critic Charles Eliot Norton (1827–1908), by 27 May 1904.
Purchased by Isabella Stewart Gardner from Charles Eliot Norton in May or June 1904 for $800.


Marked (f1r, left center border): papal arms of Pope Clement VII
Inscribed (f1r, on illustration of altar cloth): "CLEMEN. VII P[ontifex] M[aximus]"


Isabella Stewart Gardner. A Choice of Manuscripts and Bookbindings from the Library of Isabella Stewart Gardner, Fenway Court (Boston, 1922), pp. 17-18, 59.
Gilbert Wendel Longstreet and Morris Carter. General Catalogue (Boston, 1935), p. 165.
Seymour de Ricci and W. J. Wilson. Census of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the United States and Canada. Vol. I (New York, 1935), p. 931, no. 5.
Hilliard Goldfarb. The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum: A Companion Guide and History (Boston, 1995), p. 91.
Elena De Laurentiis and Emalia Anna Talamo. The Lost Manuscripts from the Sistine Chapel: An Epic Journey from Rome to Toledo. Exh. cat. (Dallas: Meadows Museum, Southern Methodist University, 2010), pp. 23-28, 320, 324.
Anne-Marie Eze. "Italian Illuminated Manuscripts at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum." Rivista di Storia della Miniatura 16 (2012), pp. 13, 82, 84, 86-87, 91, 93, fig. 7. ill. (as the Master of the Missal of Cardinal Bernardino de Carvajal, dated 1523-1527)
University of Pennsylvania Libraries. Schoenberg Database of Manuscripts, no. 42812, accessed 4 November 2016.
Anne-Marie Eze in Jeffery F. Hamburger et al. Beyond Words: Illuminated Manuscripts in Boston Collections. Exh. cat. (Boston: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum; Newton: McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College; Cambridge, Massachusetts: Houghton Library, Harvard University, 2016), pp. 101-103, 241, 273, 276, no. 78, ill.

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