Leaf from a Book of Hours: Initial D

Leaf from a Book of Hours: Initial D

c. 1400

Ink, tempera and gold on vellum

Leaf: 15.5 x 11.5 cm (6 1/8 x 4 1/2 in.)

The Jeanne Miles Blackburn Collection 2005.203



This leaf presents an extravagant visual feast that is both colorful and delicate. The parent codex to which this leaf belonged, still intact as recently as 1983, was made for use in the Diocese of Soissons. The manuscript listed Saint Medard of Soissons in its litany, which suggests that Soissons was also the city where the manuscript was made. A prayer to Saint Anne written in an Italian hand is also in the manuscript, and may indicate that it was taken to Italy during the 1400s.

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