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Colour-Note And Decorated Initial, In Hugh of St.-Victor's 'Commentary On Dionysius The Areopagite's Treatise 'On The Heavenly Hierarchy'' f.33v

Colour-Note And Decorated Initial, In Hugh of St.-Victor's 'Commentary On Dionysius The Areopagite's Treatise 'On The Heavenly Hierarchy'' f.33v

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1200

Shelfmark: Royal MS 7 F.v

Item number: f.33v

Length: 34.8

Width: 24

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

Dionysius the Areopagite' was converted to Christianity by the preaching of St. Paul. Little is known about him, but his writings were extremely influential in the Middle Ages. Hugh, abbot of St-Victor in Paris, wrote a commentary on his treatise on the Heavenly Hierarchy. This manuscript of Hugh's commentary was written at the Cistercian Abbey of Kirkstead, in Lincolnshire. Colour-notes guide the decorator to enable him to alternate the colours of the painted initials. Immediately to the left of this initial 'P' is a small faint letter 'R'. This could stand for 'red', but elsewhere in the manuscript 'A' is found next to blue initials, and 'V' next to green ones: this shows that the guide letters are in French: rouge for red, azure for blue, vert for green.

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