TUSCAN ILLUMINATOR (?)
Martyrdom of Saint Agatha (580 x 368 mm.; initial, 126 x 105 mm.)
Italy, Tuscany (?), c. 1290
THE ARTISTIC CULTURE OF 13TH-CENTURY TUSCANY
In a large initial D, on an impressive sheet, appears the Christian saint and virgin martyr, Agatha, at the introduction to the response for the Common of the Virgin Martyrs. The artistic culture of Central Italy, most probably Tuscany, is evident in the conception and execution of this illumination. According to Milvia Bollati, our illuminator, to whom no other known works can yet be attributed, seems to be familiar with the style of the artist identified as the Miniatore di S. Alessio in Bigiano, who takes his sobriquet from a two-volume gradual originally thought to come from S. Alessio in Bigiano, but actually probably destined for the church of S. Lorenzo in Pistoia. His activity can be placed in the last quarter of the Duecento.