Diptych – Chant & Papal Crown, 1530 by Raymond & Herculaneo Diptych – Chant & Papal Crown, 1530 by Raymond & Herculaneo

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A Vatican Library Collection Fine Art Limited Edition

Illuminated Gregorian Chant

Raymond and Herculaneo

Antiphoner ca. 1530

Diptych Chant & Papal Crown, 1530, 16th century

Medium: Giclée print on Somerset Velvet Paper 330g.

Inks: Archival pigment inks

Color Permanence: Rated for 100+ years

Print Size: 19.25″ High x 25.75″ Wide.

Limited Edition of 350, numbered. Comes with a certificate of authenticity.

Blind embossed with the seal of the Vatican Library Collection!

These are no longer being made. We have two left.


Music flourished during the Renaissance, and was one of the most important elements of the Church as well as a highlight of Roman artistic and religious life. The singers and composers of the papacy appeared daily at the Vatican Palace and on special occasions at the Sistine Chapel.

Unbound ancient manuscripts and musical codices that preserve music reserved exclusively for the higher offices are called antiphoners, while those that preserve music for the masses are called graduals. Some of the most beautiful and elaborate antiphoners can be found in the fondo Cappella Sistina or the private musical archives of the papacy.

This elegant antiphoner, circa 1530, was illustrated by Vincent Raymond and originally written by Vincent Raymond and originally written by Aloysios and Galeazzo during the reign of Clement VII, a Medici who commissioned the finest of art. On the left-hand page it showcases Clement’s Papal Crown and Keys against the Medici family crest. The right image features a Gregorian chant, Chant for Christmas Day, with beautifully illuminated initial “R”—the beginning of the phrase ‘Rex pacificus’. An exquisite miniature showing the Nativity scene surrounded by attending and loving cherubs.


Artist’s Biography

Vincent Raymond

active:about 1535 – 1557 Rome
French; Italian

Vincent Raymond was one of the most important illuminators at the papal court during the 1500s, and the only one who was given an official status. He was probably born in Lodève in Languedoc (France), but by 1535 he was working in Rome. He is the only illuminator to be mentioned in Vatican records from 1535 to 1549, the year he was named papal illuminator by Paul III (the only illuminator ever to have held this post). His other patrons included Leo X and Clement VII. Raymond’s art has close connections with the most famous and fashionable Roman painting in large scale of the period, especially that of Michelangelo.