Initial D: A Skull in a Rocky Field

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Object Details

Title:

Initial D: A Skull in a Rocky Field

Artist/Maker(s):

Taddeo Crivelli (Italian, died about 1479, active about 1451 - 1479)

Culture:

Italian

Place(s):

Ferrara, Emilia-Romagna, Italy (Place created)

Date:

about 1469

Medium:

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

Dimensions:

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

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Inside an initial D, a skull sits on a green rock. A gruesome reminder of death, this image introduces the Office of the Dead. In addition to being an integral part of funeral services, devout Christians read this prayer service daily to prepare themselves spiritually for death.