The library of Collegio San Francesco in Lodi possesses an Antiphonale
parvum decorated with an individual miniature depicting the Annunciation,
recently studied, from a codicologic perspective, by Lisa Longhi.
A comparison between the codex and two cropped miniatures individuated
by Mirella Levi D’Ancona in 1963 – the letter E with St. Augustin and
the Resurrection of Christ signed “Nebridius ME P”, the latter discovered
by Giordana Mariani Canova in 1975 at the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard
University – makes it possible to attribute the manuscript to the miniaturist
Frate Nebridio from Cremona, the last standing representative of
the local Late-Gothic culture. While his production denotes an undeniable
connection with the painting of Bonifacio Bembo, it is also rich of
personal stylistic features, such as the introduction of frames along
which musician angels peer out, becoming the artist’s very signature.
Nebridio died before 1503, and he entrusted his nephew Marchino with
the completion of his unfinished works, as suggested by the payment
Marchino received for completing a Gradual for the monastery of San