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Decorated Initial, In St. Gregory of Nazianzus' 'Eight Orations' f.74r

Decorated Initial, In St. Gregory of Nazianzus' 'Eight Orations' f.74r

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1180

Shelfmark: Royal MS 5 E.xxii

Item number: f.74r

Length: 23.8

Width: 15.4

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

St. Gregory of Nazianzus (c.325-389) wrote three types of work: poetical (including epigrams, epitaphs, and epistles), prose epistles, and orations. Gregory is widely acknowledged to be one of the finest of all Christian orators. His orations were collected in various combinations, and were fairly commonly found in monastic libraries. This manuscript has ownership inscriptions of the Cistercian Abbey of Byland, in Yorkshire. Comparison between this initial 'D' and other initials in the manuscript reveal the great similarity in their design. Sometimes small details can allow the style of a particular region or individual artist to be identified.

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