LITTLE JEWEL OF A MANUSCRIPT FROM A GREAT MOMENT IN QUATTROCENTO ART
The Dyson Perrins Hours (Use of Rome)
In Latin, illuminated manuscript on parchment
Central Italy, Umbria, doubtless Perugia, c. 1450-75
With 4 full-page miniatures and 10 historiated initials by or from the close circle of Tommaso di Mascio Scarafone
This is a little jewel of a manuscript of astonishing originality and beauty, with miniatures like the tiniest of Umbrian panel paintings representative of one of the great moments of Quattrocento art. The illuminations are attributed to a Perugian artist who has recently garnered some attention, Tommaso di Mascio Scarafone (once thought to be identical with Bartolomeo Caporali), who painted the gates of the city of Perugia in the Matricola manuscripts of the Perugian guilds. The provenance in the important Dyson Perrins collection and the manuscript’s inclusion in the landmark exhibition of the Burlington Fine Arts Club of 1908 are noteworthy.