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Decorated Initial, In A Volume Of Works By, Or Attributed To, St. Jerome f.33v

Decorated Initial, In A Volume Of Works By, Or Attributed To, St. Jerome f.33v

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1225

Shelfmark: Royal MS 6 D.vi

Item number: f.33v

Length: 37.7

Width: 25.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

St. Jerome (c.340-420) is most famous, as a writer, for having made a new translation of the Bible (the Hebrew Old Testament and the Greek New Testament), into Latin, which was used throughout the Middle Ages and beyond, and was the basis for many translations into modern languages. This manuscript was written at the Cistercian Abbey of Coggeshall, in Essex. This unusually large and unusually elaborate initial 'L' introduces Book I of Jerome's Commentary on the Gospel of Matthew. In the lower right margin can be seen a guide to the artist of the opening words of the text, since these were to be painted, not written by the scribe.

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