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Illuminated Inhabited Initial, In Theological Treatises by St. Athanasius, Translated Into Latin By Antonio Beccaria f.1r

Illuminated Inhabited Initial, In Theological Treatises by St. Athanasius, Translated Into Latin  By Antonio Beccaria f.1r

Medium: Ink, pigments and gold on vellum

Date: 1440

Shelfmark: Royal MS 5 F.ii

Item number: f.1r

Length: 24

Width: 17.1

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

The treatises in this manuscript were translated from Greek into Latin by Antonio Beccaria of Verona, who was secretary to Humfrey, Duke of Gloucester (1390-1447), from 1439. Humfrey was the younger brother of King Henry V, and regent of England after the latter's death in 1422, and this manuscript has his ownership inscriptions. Although the script is apparently by a scribe trained in Italy, it was probably written in England, and the decoration is a hybrid of English and Italian styles. By 1444 he had given it to Oxford University. The volume opens with an illuminated initial 'R' inhabited by a demon-like creature wielding a large sword and hold a three-legged cooking-pot.

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