Ink, tempera and gold on vellum
Sheet: 16 x 18 cm (6 5/16 x 7 1/16 in.)
Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1953.22
This sumptuous initial is painted in deep hues set against a burnished gold ground in order to achieve a rich jewellike effect. The design of the letter incorporates such motifs as gemstones, pearls, and classical cameos—much favored by Renaissance princes—to add further refinement to the image.
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