Initial D[omine] from a Choral Book: King Solomon

Initial D[omine] from a Choral Book: King Solomon

c. 1470–1480

Ink, tempera and gold on vellum

Sheet: 17 x 14 cm (6 11/16 x 5 1/2 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1951.548



The initial D takes the form of the Temple at Jerusalem, built by King Solomon, who occupies the initial's interior space. The remaining letters omine (the Latin word for Lord), reside beneath the D against grounds of alternating colors. This once was part of a group of Old Testament portraits decorating a choral book. Giraldi held a privileged reputation as an illuminator for the court of Borso d'Este, Duke of Ferrara (died 1471).

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