E-Sco (Sevilla) Institución Colombina Libro 31

E-Sco Libro 031
Libro 031
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15th century (second half)
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98 folios. Lately added Arabic numbering.
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Leather over boards, painted with decorations in brown, with metal staples and locks.
Richly illuminated manuscript, on several colours, including gold, with phytomorphic and anthropomorphic motifs. Capital letters in this decorative style. Initials in brown decorated in the same colour and sepia, sometimes with filigree.

Piece of parchment, attached with small staples, on front cover, with the inscription, in vernacular language, relative to the contents of the codex: "Las Tinieblas del Viernes, y Sabado Santo, con los tres dias de Resurreccion a maitines".


According to the Tridentine reform, this manuscript has been updated in the last quarter of the 16th century. Following humanistic principles promoted by Trent, the melodies were slightly modified, although generally keeping the main design of the original versions; these ones are still visible beneath the erasures and modifications. The setting of the liturgical elements was also forcibly modified; in this case, however, it is quite impossible to see the original layer. Therefore, for the entry "Use" above, we indicate "Roman (post-tridentine)", and in "Tradition", "Seville (modified according to Roman use)". The flyleaf on the front cover is a fragment from a Temporal antiphoner (15th century) with the Holy Friday Verse "Accedentes principes sacerdotum". The flyleaf on the back cover is a fragment from a Sanctoral antiphoner (16th century), which includes the antiphons "Longo jam tempore" and "Beatus Gui[...]" (non-CAO antiphons), for the feast of William of Maleval (or William the Great).


HIDALGO, Rosario Marchena, “La iluminación en Sevilla a lo largo del siglo XV”, Laboratorio de Arte, 20 (2007), pp. 9-30; Idem, Las miniaturas de los libros de coro de la Catedral de Sevilla: el siglo XVI, Sevilha: Universidad de Sevilla e Fundación Focus – Abengoa, 1998. WEBSTER, Douglas Raymund, "St. William of Maleval", The Catholic Encyclopedia, Vol. 15, New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1912, 18 Apr. 2016 ; WAHA BAILLONVILLE, Guillaume de, S.J., Explanatio vitae s. Guilielmi Magni, conscriptae olim per b. Albertum ejus discipulum: diutissime desideratae, tandemque nunc repertae, Liège, 1693, especially p. 209.

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