Item No: mcai310151
Additional Title: Service book
Rare Book Department
The style of this initial is reminiscent of Italian initial decoration, especially in the northern regions. Certain elements in the execution of the initial suggest, however, that the artist was not Italian but perhaps Spanish or Portuguese. Artists and scribes in the Iberian Peninsula were heavily influenced by the luxury choir books that came out of Italy in the late Middle Ages and Renaissance. This influence can be seen in the Italianate forms common in Iberian decoration.
This cutting can be dated to the 15th or 16th centuries.
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Lewis E M 31:15