Description & Technical information

This brightly colored initial ‘A’ from a Choir Book depicts the martyr saints Sergius and Bacchus, both Roman soldiers, in fantastic Renaissance armor. They stand in a landscape holding weapons and wearing brightly contrasting colors with Burgonet-style helmets. This miniature is attributed to Attavante, noted by Giorgio Vasari as the most “celebrated and famous of miniaturists.” Attavante is known primarily through a series of luxurious Missals and Breviaries illuminated for important patrons, including Matthias Corvinus, King of Hungary. The pigments and parchment are in good condition, with some rubbing to the gold leaf and some isolated smudges.

Date:  1475-1485
Period:  1400-1600, 15th century
Origin:  Italy, Florence
Categories: Illuminated Manuscripts & Medieval Works of Art