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    Fifteenth Century Historiated Initial
    Attributed to Guglielmo Giraldi

    [Illuminated Manuscript]. [Medieval Miniature from a Choirbook]. King David in Penitence Historiated Initial. Ferrara: circa 1470. A beautiful historiated initial "U", measuring approximately 4 x 4.5 inches, taken from a fifteenth century illuminated manuscript on vellum, and attributed to Guglielmo Giraldi. Within a pink-staved initial decorated with white penwork and blue and green foliage and set against a burnished gold ground, the half-length figure of King David, white-haired and bearded, wearing a girdled green robe and a tall turbaned crown, beating his breast and his eyes raised towards the golden rays that spark to decorate the dark blue background. Some staining affecting the background, some losses to gold. Cut to shape, else a large initial in very good condition. Mounted and framed. From the collection of Duncan Benesford-Jones. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    [Illuminated Manuscript]. [Medieval Miniature from a Choirbook]. King David in Penitence Historiated Initial. Ferrara: circa 1470.         

    A beautiful historiated initial "U", measuring approximately 4 x 4.5 inches, taken from a fifteenth century illuminated manuscript on vellum, and attributed to Guglielmo Giraldi. Within a pink-staved initial decorated with white penwork and blue and green foliage and set against a burnished gold ground, the half-length figure of King David, white-haired and bearded, wearing a girdled green robe and a tall turbaned crown, beating his breast and his eyes raised towards the golden rays that spark to decorate the dark blue background. Some staining affecting the background, some losses to gold. Cut to shape, else a large initial in very good condition. Mounted and framed. From the collection of Duncan Benesford-Jones.

    This fine initial is attributable to Guglielmo Giraldi or one of his collaborators. He was the favorite illuminator of Borso d'Este, Duke of Ferrara and was also responsible for the decoration of series of choirbooks for Ferraese churches and monasteries. The present initial is tellingly close in drapery style, gesture, and background to his work.



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