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Illuminated Initial L

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Description This alphabet book, a repository of foliate patterns and letter designs, may have served as a pattern book used by a scribe to demonstrate his skills or to delight a collector interested in illumination or script. The carefully rendered flora and fauna, such as the iris and butterfly that embellish the letter L and the blue-flowered delphinium found in the illuminated M on the facing page, recall the precision of the flora depicted in contemporary herbal works.
  • The Gothic Revival: The Illuminated Manuscript in Medieval and Modern Times. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1991.
  • The Artful Book: Selections from a Contemporary Collection of Books by Artists. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2002-2003.
  • Paradise Imagined: Images of the Garden in the Islamic and Christian World. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2012.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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16th century (Renaissance)
ink and paint on parchment
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
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folio: 4 5/16 x 2 15/16 in. (11 x 7.5 cm); initial: 2 3/8 x 2 3/8 in. (6 x 6 cm) approx.
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