Initial S from a Gradual: St. Augustine

Initial S from a Gradual: St. Augustine

c. 1420

Ink, tempera, and gold on vellum

Sheet: 16.8 x 14.9 cm (6 5/8 x 5 7/8 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1954.257

Description

This initial belongs to a large group of excised miniatures of saints once part of a gradual used in a Venetian Camaldolese monastery, probably San Michele on the island of Murano. The artist has shown a fondness here for unusual decorative features such as the band of pseudo-Arabic writing along the sleeve and the feathery-white scrolling leaves resembling shells.

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