Mar 11, 2008

Historiated Initial (P) Excised from a Choral Book: St. Michael and the Dragon

Historiated Initial (P) Excised from a Choral Book: St. Michael and the Dragon

early 1200s

Ink and tempera on parchment

Sheet: 16 x 10 cm (6 5/16 x 3 15/16 in.)

Gift from J. H. Wade 1924.1009

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Description

The Archangel Michael was traditionally held to be the protector of souls. His intercessionary and protective role is connoted by his combat with and subjugation of the dragon as related in the Apocalypse of St. John the Evangelist. The present initial F is a type known as an "inhabited" initial. Here, the initial serves as a frame providing a display area for figural representation within.

See also
Department: 
Medieval Art
Type of artwork: 
Manuscript
Credit line: 
Gift from J. H. Wade

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