Historiated Initial (E) Excised from the Colonna Missal: The Martyrdom of St. Stephen

Ink, tempera, and liquid gold on vellum | 10 x 10cm | c. 1532

Apollonio de' Bonfratelli

This initial was once part of a manuscript missal (a service book for the altar) made for Cardinal Pompeo Colonna, probably in the year of his death. The letter E is decorated with gold arabesque and rope-work patterns evocative of Renaissan...
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