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Initial E: Jonah Cast into the Sea
Lille (probably), France (Place created)
Tempera colors, black ink, and gold leaf on parchment
Leaf: 47 x 32.2 cm (18 1/2 x 12 11/16 in.)
Beginning the section of the
In the Bible's letter E, two sailors throw the prophet overboard and into the mouth of an enormous fish. The artist was clearly interested in decorative pattern, but he or she was also concerned with naturalistic visual effects, such as the transparency of the water, through which the boat, the fish, and Jonah himself can be seen.