Antique sheet music hand painted on vellum. Was likely produced in a medieval monastery as liturgy music. This sheet shows its age with some minor surface soiling. At some point the music was edited by scraping notes off of the vellum but their ghostly images are still visible. Another fun feature, that may have musical meaning, are the curly tails on notes that extend into the margins. Antique sheet music is difficult to date. We believe that generally sheet music hand painted on vellum was likely created in the earlier Middle Ages, while sheet music on paper that is hand painted would have been produced in the middle or later Middle Ages. French monks are known to have begun creating their own paper around 1350 C.E. Sheet music that is printed would have been created after the printing press was invented in Europe (1453 C.E.) and is therefore believed to have been made in the early Renaissance. These generalizations help give us an idea of possible age, but we cannot know if a piece was created in an area that adopted new techniques early or clung to past methods later. Very good condition overall. Sheet measures approx. 20.5 x 15 inches. Graphic and interesting, will look great on your wall!
Item Number: OTH227