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Initial E: Baruch
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Unknown
Franco-Flemish, probably Lille, about 1270
Tempera colors and gold leaf on parchment
Leaf: 18 1/2 x 12 11/16 in.
MS. LUDWIG I 8, V2, FOL. 126

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Baruch appears within an initial E , the first letter of the book of his prophecies in this large Bible. The anonymous illuminator depicted the prophet writing, in much the way a medieval scribe might have worked. Using the penknife in his left hand to hold the parchment down on a slanted surface, he writes with the quill pen in his right hand. The halo marks the prophet as a holy man, and the gold background imparts a spiritual quality to the scene.