historiated capital

historiated capital

A capital having carvings that depict an event or story.
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Author/illustrator William Makepeace Thackeray, for instance, drew historiated capitals for the serial fiction he published in The Cornhill and elsewhere.
Through the examination of three historiated capitals within the nave, choir, and apse, by the masterly hand of the artists Gislebertus, we see the relevance of the incorporation of both the sacred and profane and how that blending exemplifies certain trends of Romanesque art.
28) Saint Catherine gave visible expression to her beliefs when she illuminated her breviary with the heads of Christ, the Blessed Virgin and saints in the historiated capitals, and tiny figures of the swaddled, nimbused, and sometimes blessing Infant Christ drawn either in the initials or in the margins on several pages.
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