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The earliest inscription on this sheet, in the upper right corner in a German hand, can be dated to the late 15th century and is near-contemporary with the print. It reads: Nu[n]c lege nu[n]c ora nu[n]c cu[m] fervore labora Nu[n]c co[n]templa[r]e nu[n]c scripturas meditare No[n] sis in pausa ne mortis sis tibi causa Sic erit hora brevis et labor levis
Just below this is an early 16th-century ownership inscription: Ao 1518 Michi […] Dno Georgi Pobeidezas […]
The inscription in Greek to the right of the saint reads: γνῶθι σεαυτόν ('know thyself')
The partially legible inscription to her left is roughly translatable as 'nothing is granted to God that isn’t given by God’: phi […] ad cognita[s] […] nullus ad deu[m] accedit ex se nisi […] datur a deo
The inscription on the hem of her dress refers to the moon and the night: ultra concavi[…] orbis lune nocturnalis […]
We are grateful to our colleague Eugenio Donadoni from the Books & Manuscripts department for deciphering these inscriptions.
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In addition to the catalogue description: - with wide margins on three sides, a narrow margin with small losses along the right edge. - the colours stong and well preserved, the gum arabic partially lost. - a small, skilfull repair to the Saint's right eye, with a small infill and tiny touches of pen and ink, but most of the lines defining the eye original. - a narrow vertical paper split across the lower left half of the sheet. - some minor paint losses in places, mostly in the green below. - three small Latin inscriptions in brown ink in the blank background at left and right, another small inscription on the hem of her dress at lower left. - several similar inscription in the upper margin, including one with the date 1516, and one in the lower margin. - various spots of adhesive staining in the upper and lower margins and along the sheet edges. - the wooden board in good, solid condition, with evidence of metal furniture (removed), the calf leather with some wear. Otherwise as described and generally in very good condition for a print of this age and size.
On request, a professional conservation report of the treatment around the Saint's eye is available from the department.
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