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Initial D: A Skull in a Rocky Field
Taddeo Crivelli (Italian, died about 1479, active about 1451 - 1479)
Ferrara, Emilia-Romagna, Italy (Place created)
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.)
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.