Initial D: Isaiah in Prayer
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German, Hildesheim, about 1170s
Tempera colors and gold leaf on parchment
11 1/8 x 7 7/16 in.
MS. 64, FOL. 53V

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The bust-length image of the prophet Isaiah appears within the initial D that opens the Mass for the Nativity of John the Baptist. A prophecy of Isaiah inspired the text of the chant introduced by the initial, De ventris matris mee vocavit me dominus (The Lord called me from the womb of my mother).