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Initial D: The Virgin and Child
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Guglielmo Giraldi
Italian, Ferrara, about 1469
Tempera colors, gold paint, and gold leaf on parchment

4 1/4 x 3 1/8 in.
MS. LUDWIG IX 13, FOL. 4

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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).