Initial D: The Virgin and Child

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Initial D: The Virgin and Child


Guglielmo Giraldi (Italian, active 1445 - 1489)




Ferrara, Emilia-Romagna, Italy (Place created)


about 1469


Tempera colors, gold paint, gold leaf, and ink on parchment


Leaf: 10.8 x 7.9 cm (4 1/4 x 3 1/8 in.)

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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).

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