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- Mellon Chansonnier
- Published / Created
- s. XV^^2 [1470?]
- Publication Place
Manuscript on parchment (thin, fine quality) of a collection of chansons. Written probably at the Aragonese court in Naples in the 1470's, perhaps as a wedding gift for Beatrice of Aragon, who married Matthias Corvinus, King of Hungary, in 1476.
Written probably at the Aragonese court in Naples in the 1470's, perhaps as a wedding gift for Beatrice of Aragon, who married Matthias Corvinus, King of Hungary, in 1476.
Binding: 19th-20th centuries. Brown goatskin, blind-stamped, by Henri Marius-Michel of Paris (1846-1925), whose name is stamped inside the front cover. Not in his usual style. Included in the center front and back panels are monograms of Baron Joseph Vitta.
Script: Written by one scribe in batarde, usually one line below each staff, but sometimes text written on every other line of the staves.
The style of the Chansonnier's initials points to one of the ateliers active in the service of Ferrante I of Naples, in particular to the shop of Matteo Felice. One 2-line initial (f. 1r) tan, shaded purple and green, with curling floral serifs, blue and puce, filled with curling leaves against burnished gold and blue, with white filigree, against gold ground, framed in blue with white filigree; short, 3-stemmed flowers, gold, with brown hair-spray stems project from upper serif and midpoint; 3 gold dots with hair-spray symmetrically disposed around letter; floral border in outer margin, hair-spray stems with gold and green leaves and flowers, blue, purple, and gold at midpoint and terminals. One-line initials throughout, gold, infilled blue or purple, with white filigree, against irregular grounds, purple or blue, edged in black, with white filigree and two short flowering tendrils, as in border on f. 1v; often with a gold dot with hair-spray adjacent in outer margin.
21 x 15 cm.
- Extent of Digitization
- Completely digitized
- Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
- Call Number
- Beinecke MS 91
Subjects, Formats, And Genres
- notated music
- Resource Type
- Archives or Manuscripts
- Subject (Name)
- Marius Michel, M., 1846-1925
- Subject (Topic)
Illumination of books and manuscripts, Medieval
Manuscripts, Medieval--Connecticut--New Haven
Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in Beinecke Library
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Mellon Chansonnier. General Collection, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.
Shailor, B. Catalogue of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, MS 91.
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