Illuminated antiphonal letter with gold highlights on vellum, initial S illustrating the Baptism of a Christian. In the lower part of the letter, a naked man with his hands joined, half-body in a river and, in the upper part, an angel in clouds making the gesture of blessing; excrescences in the margin of foliage and flowers. Italy, Emilia, attributed to the workshop of Martino da Modena, c. 1470/80Height: 30.9 cm - Width: 13.6 cm(some wear and tear and crumpling)Work consulted: S. Hindman, M. d'Ancona, P. Palladino, M.-F. Saffiotti, The Robert Lehman Collection, IV,Princeton, 1997, pp.184-186. Martino di Giorgio d'Alemagna, called Martino da Modena, active in Emilia from 1460-1489 is the presumed son ofGiorgio d'Alemagna, a German illuminator known for having worked at the ducal court of Leonello and for having decorated a set of choir books (partially lost) for the cathedral of Modena. The production ofMartino da Modena and his workshop was abundant during the last third of the 15th century. Between 1477 and 1480 he illuminated no less than eleven choir books for the church of San Petronio in Bologna, in 1480; then, between 1483 and 1485, he was the author of a manuscript containing the Office of the Dead for the Ospedale della Buona Morte in Modena; he then worked on an epistolary, an evangelical and a missal for the cathedral of the same city. Finally, it is known that between 1485 and 1486 he completed a set of antiphonaries for the Cathedral of Ferrara, begun byEvangelista Tedesco and Jacopo Filippo dell'Argenta. In this Baptism we find Martino da Modena's manner with the "Germanic" treatment of the characters in a completely Italian letter.