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Initial P: Saint Paul; Initial P: A Bishop Giving a Letter to a Messenger

Object Details

Title:

Initial P: Saint Paul; Initial P: A Bishop Giving a Letter to a Messenger

Artist/Maker:

Unknown

Culture:

Italian

Place:

Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy (Place Created)

Date:

about 1280–1290

Medium:

Tempera colors, gold leaf, and ink on parchment

Object Number:

Ms. Ludwig I 11 (83.MA.60), fol. 501

Dimensions:

Leaf: 37.5 × 24.8 cm (14 3/4 × 9 3/4 in.)

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Object Description

In the initial P at the top of the page, Paul passes a scroll to a messenger who will convey the author's letter to the Philippians, as a bishop, who stands between them, looks on. The monk writing on a scroll in the initial P at lower left suggests the manuscript's monastic origins--it was probably created in a monastic scriptorium and originally used by a community of monks in Bologna, where it was made.

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
Masterpieces in Miniature: Italian Manuscript Illumination from the J. Paul Getty Museum (September 25, 2005 to January 2, 2006)
  • National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.), September 25, 2005 to January 2, 2006