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This sumptuous initial is painted in deep hues set against a burnished gold ground in order to achieve a rich jewel-like effect. The design of the letter incorporates such motifs as gemstones, pearls, and classical cameos-much favored by Renaissance princes-to add further refinement to the image.

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  • Title: Initial R from a Choral Book with King David(?)
  • Creator: Guglielmo Giraldi del Magri [or del Magro] (Italian)
  • Date Created: c. 1470-1480
  • Physical Dimensions: Sheet: 16 x 18 cm (6 5/16 x 7 1/16 in.)
  • Provenance: Lady Northwick, Lady Northwick
  • Type: Manuscript
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/1953.22
  • 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: 1953.22

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