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The Nativity.
Additional title: Full-page miniature of the Nativity, showing the adoration of shepherds and of angels. Elaborate full border.
Clovio, Giulio (1498-1578) (Artist)

Renaissance and medieval manuscripts collection, ca. 850-ca. 1600.

Towneley Lectionary.

Dates / Origin
Date Created: ca. 1550?
Place Term: Italy
Date Created: c. 1550?
Library locations
Manuscripts and Archives Division
Shelf locator: MA 91
Jesus Christ -- Nativity
Borders (Ornament Areas)
Content : Listed in De Ricci, Seymour, Census of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the United States and Canada. New York. N.Y.: H.W. Wilson, 1935; and Supplement, New York, N.Y.: Bibliographical Society of America, 1962.

Ownership : Executed for Cardinal Alexander Farnese who presented it to Pope Paul III (1534-49); purchased ca. 1800 by Charles Towneley; Towneley sale (1883) to Quaritch; sold 1889 to Robert Lenox Kennedy.

Content : 1-line and 4-line gold, red and blue initials, some with decoration surrounding them -- see f. 14, 24. Frame-like borders around images and text names, which contain human figures as well as elaborate designs.

Content : 16 long lines. Ruled in extremely light pencil, often only visible at an angle. Occasional prickings visible.

Content : De Ricci, 1329. Mirth article. Library dossier. Chart by Dr. G.B. Guest

Content : Giorgio Giulio Clovio

Content : Parchment

Content: Six full-page images: ff. 5v, 6v, 11v, 16, 20v, 23v . 6 smaller miniatures: ff. 2, 4, 7, 12, 17, 21. Elaborate borders.
Type of Resource
Still image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number) : b12455533
UUID: e166f530-c5cb-012f-0fb0-58d385a7bc34
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Item timeline of events

  • : Created
  • 1498: Creator Born
  • 1578: Creator Died
  • 2015: Digitized
  • 2016: Found by you!
  • 2017

MLA Format

Manuscripts and Archives Division, The New York Public Library. "The Nativity." The New York Public Library Digital Collections.

Chicago/Turabian Format

Manuscripts and Archives Division, The New York Public Library. "The Nativity." New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed February 14, 2016.

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Wikipedia Citation

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The Nativity.