Initial D[omine] from a Choral Book: King Solomon

Guglielmo Giraldic. 1470-1480

The Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland, United States

The initial<em> D</em> takes the form of the Temple at Jerusalem, built by King Solomon, who occupies the initial's interior space. The remaining letters <em>omine</em> (the Latin word for Lord), reside beneath the <em>D</em> against grounds of alternating colors. This once was part of a group of Old Testament portraits decorating a choral book. Giraldi held a privileged reputation as an illuminator for the court of Borso d'Este, Duke of Ferrara (died 1471).

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  • Title: Initial D[omine] from a Choral Book: King Solomon
  • Creator: Guglielmo Giraldi del Magri [or del Magro] (Italian)
  • Date Created: c. 1470-1480
  • Physical Dimensions: Sheet: 17 x 14 cm (6 11/16 x 5 1/2 in.)
  • Provenance: Ottley, Ottley
  • Type: Manuscript
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/1951.548
  • Medium: ink, tempera and gold on vellum
  • Department: Medieval Art
  • Culture: Italy, Ferrara, 15th century
  • Credit Line: Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund
  • Collection: MED - Manuscript Illuminations
  • Accession Number: 1951.548

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