On this first page of the pre-dawn service of Matins from the Hours of the Virgin, the Virgin and Child embrace within an initial D. The text, taken from Psalm 50, reads:Domine labia mea aperies et os meus an[n]utiabit laudem tuam (Lord, you will open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise).


  • Title: Initial D: The Virgin and Child
  • Creator: Guglielmo Giraldi
  • Date Created: about 1469
  • Location Created: Ferrara, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
  • Physical Dimensions: Leaf: 10.8 × 7.9 cm (4 1/4 × 3 1/8 in.)
  • Type: Folio
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Tempera colors, gold paint, gold leaf, and ink on parchment
  • Terms of Use: Open Content
  • Number: 83.ML.109.4
  • Culture: Italian
  • Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Ms. Ludwig IX 13, fol. 4
  • Creator Display Name: Guglielmo Giraldi (Italian, active 1445 - 1489)
  • Classification: Manuscripts (Documents)

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