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Creator Name: Unknown
Creator Nationality: European; French
Creator Dates/Places: French; Paris
Creator Active Place: Paris, France
Creator Name-CRT: French; Paris
Title: Bifolium, from a Manuscript of the Decretals of Gratian
View: Principal view
Creation Start Date: 1280
Creation End Date: 1300
Creation Date: ca. 1290
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Materials and Techniques: Tempera and gold leaf with brown ink on parchment
Dimensions: Page: 18 9/16 x 11 7/16 in. (47.2 x 29.2 cm)
Description: A manual of medieval canon law, the Decretals of Gratian was compiled by a monk who taught at Bologna in the mid-twelfth century. This page from a thirteenth-century Parisian manuscript of the Decretals shows a gloss, or commentary, written by Bartolomeo of Brescia, framing Gratian's text. The miniature painting signals the beginning of chapter 19, which discusses two clerics' request from their bishop to transfer to a monastery. The bishop's prerogative is manifest in the miniature: mitered and enthroned, he holds a crosier and a document with a seal, as he gestures toward the two kneeling clerics, who appear to petition him with raised hands.
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York
ID Number: 1990.217
Credit Line: Gift of John L. Feldman, 1990
Copyright: Copyright ? 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All rights reserved.
AMICA ID: MMA_.1990.217
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights:
Copyright (c) 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All Rights Reserved
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