Decorated Initial, In 'The Bible Of Brother Gervase Of Bangor' f.3r
Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum
The Book of Genesis in Latin starts 'In principio . . .' (In the beginning . . .). The regular shape of the initial 'I' was convenient for medieval artists, if the scribe allowed enough space. In this case the scribe allowed only a very narrow space (the first 24 lines are slightly indented, so the artist's options were limited, but he extended the initial almost to the bottom of the column.