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Decorated Initial, In Claudius of Turin's Commentary On the Gospel Of St. Matthew

Decorated Initial, In Claudius of Turin's Commentary On the Gospel Of St. Matthew

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1175

Shelfmark: Royal MS 2 C.x

Item number: f.123r

Length: 31.8

Width: 21.1

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

Claudius, bishop of Turin from 818 to 827, a prolific but not original writer, was famous for his opposition to images: he tried--unsuccessfully--to get all images (which he called 'idols'), including crosses, removed from Turin's churches. He doubtless would have disapproved of the decoration in this manuscript, which was at the Augustinian priory at Lanthony , in Gloucestershire, in the Middle Ages. The work is divided into three books: Book III is marked by this initial 'E' in red, green, and blue. The little 's'-like squiggles between the columns of text mark passages which quote from the Bible.

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