Manuscripts of iconic masterpieces like the Commedia and the Decameron (missing from both Grey's manuscript collections) were highly soughtafter luxury items throughout the nineteenth century, and the dealer from whom Grey bought his Cape Town copy with historiated
initials (price unknown) paid 52 [pounds sterling] 10s.
Thereafter, each biography begins with a square historiated
initial, and where accompanied by a miniature, a square-shaped image of the woman in question that lines up with the first line of her biography.
The other decoration in the manuscript is a painting, unframed, at the foot of the second recto to display an historiated
The suggestion that the historiated
initial refers to 'early events of Book I' (p.
The Norman Chronique contains a series of unusual historiated
initials, consisting of author portraits, which concludes with one of the contemporary author, Robert ofTorigny, abbot of Mont Saint-Michel between 1154 and 1186.
Bartholomew, Smithfield, Cartulary in two volumes compiled by John Cok in the 1450s and 1460s, parts copied by Franciscus and two historiated
initials supplied by William Abell.
If you consider author and reader portraits of the era, whether as full-size canvases or within historiated
initials, you can quickly determine the nature of the person portrayed by the kinds of books within the portrait.
She disagrees with Gombrich's "split between educated male and uneducated female viewers," saying "patrician women recipients of historiated
cassoni were, in fact, likely to be literate and conversant with the classics, even if they read them in vernacular versions" (63).
A valuable contribution by Elizabeth Peterson rehearses well-known iconographical sequences but, in tandem with close textual examination, interprets the immediate documentary context of the historiated
initial in a group of early Gothic French psalters, demonstrating how certain iconographic particulars depend not on visual models but on textual ones, identifying some consequent figurative 'errors'.
1400-10) by the Master of the Straus Madonna held in the Galleria dell'Accademia in Florence; a Sano di Pietro St Francis from the 1450s; (91) and an historiated
initial from the Albani Book of Hours from Bologna (c.
Jones in his work on a redaction of a treatise by Amalarius, and Jaroslav Folda in his article on the historiated
initials in Yates Thompson MS.