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Artist:   Artist Unknown (?) 15th century  
Title:   Leaf from a Psalter, Psalms 107-108  
Date:   15th century  
Medium:   Ink, gouache, and gold on vellum  
Dimensions:   10 3/8 x 6 5/8 in. (26.35 x 16.83 cm) (image)  
Credit Line:   The Minnich Collection The Ethel Morrison Van Derlip Fund, 1966  
Location:   Gallery Not on view  

A Psalter is a book that includes the Book of Psalms extracted from the Latin Vulgate Bible, the translation made in the late 4th century by Saint Jerome. Scribes of one generation after another had meticulously copied the text for a thousand years before the production of this sheet. Look closely to see the carefully ruled lines that helped the scribe maintain the precision and uniformity of the text. The scribe left spaces so that the illuminator could insert the finely decorated initials that mark the beginnings of sentences and verses. The slightly larger initial marks the beginning of a new Psalm. If a sentence did not reach the end of the line, a bit of decoration would be inserted to fill the space.

Name:   Artist Unknown  
Nationality:   Italian  
Life Dates:   Italian  

Object Description  
Inscriptions:   Mark In pencil, LR verso: [20-]  
Classification:   Drawings  
Physical Description:   Double-sided; bisymmetrical branching plants; in blue, gold and red, interspersed with many brilliant gold leaf dots; Design extends into points above and below text space; paragraph spaces filled with pale fine black pen scrolls and blue dots; small gold-leaf initials in squares; expertised at Morgan Library  
Creation Place:   Europe, Italy (?), , ,  
Accession #:   P.14,012  
Owner:   The Minneapolis Institute of Arts