Cutting from an Antiphonary: Initial G[loria tibi Trinitas]: The Trinity

Cutting from an Antiphonary: Initial G[loria tibi Trinitas]: The Trinity

c. 1410

Ink, tempera, and gold on parchment

Sheet: 13 x 11 cm (5 1/8 x 4 5/16 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1949.537

Description

This beautiful initial comes from a choral book called an antiphonary. The text introduced by this initial is the antiphon that follows the reading of the nine psalms in the office of prime: Gloria tibi Trinitas... (Glory be to the Trinity). By the later Middle Ages, artists were representing the Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Ghost) in the form shown here.

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