Decorated Initial E

Object Details

Title:

Decorated Initial E

Artist/Maker(s):

Master of the Ingeborg Psalter (French, active about 1195 - about 1210)

Culture:

French

Place(s):

Noyon (probably), France (Place created)

Date:

after 1205

Medium:

Tempera colors and gold leaf on parchment

Dimensions:

Leaf: 31 x 21.9 cm (12 3/16 x 8 5/8 in.)

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Decorated with with curling stems, leaves, and fantastic animals, the initial E introducing Psalm 80 is the only one of the nine painted initials in this French Gothic psalter that does not contain a figural scene. The complex leaf form at the center, which partially curls around the central horizontal of the letter, dwarfs the birds and beasts. Through a brilliant design, the illuminator arranged the initial's decorative elements into a bold, centralized composition in a palette of gold, saturated blue, and rusty red.

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