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Canon (c. 75 x 75 mm.)
Northeastern Italy, probably Emilia, c. 1450-75

A VIVIDLY COLORED FIGURE FROM AN ITALIAN CHOIR BOOK

This half-length figure of a canon, dressed in red a red cap, a green mantle, and a white robe, comes from a Choir Book. Turning three-quarter, the figure gestures by raising his large hands. The cutting was most likely made in northeastern Italy in Emilia, in the area of Padua and Ferrara in the decades just following the middle of the fifteenth century. The particular treatment of the face and hands, outlined with black contours, is actually characteristic of the work of an artist known as the Maestro of the Pontifical of the Biblioteca Capitolare of Padua and with the Canozi of Lendinara.

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