Item No: mcai480101
Additional Title: Bible, Gospel of John
Rare Book Department
Initial H with St. John the Evangelist
This initial begins the Gospel of John, with the words "In principio erat verbum ..." (In the beginning was the word). The animated figures filling the shaft of the letter I are typical expressions of the Italian decorative imagination. The eagle, which symbolizes John, turns his head down toward the Evangelist, standing below and gesturing upwards toward his own divinely inspired words. A third figure bears the weight of the architectural ornament that frames the saint and the eagle.
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City/Town/Township:Bologna or Padua ?
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Lewis E M 48:10A-E