A DANCING CIRCLE, historiated initial ‘E’ cut from an illuminated choirbook on vellum [Florence, c.1490s]
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A DANCING CIRCLE, historiated initial ‘E’ cut from an illuminated choirbook on vellum [Florence, c.1490s]

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A DANCING CIRCLE, historiated initial ‘E’ cut from an illuminated choirbook on vellum [Florence, c.1490s]

4 1/4 x 4 1/4 inches. The initial depicting four young men dancing in a circle, with the half-figure of Christ blessing them from above, possibly opening Psalm 80 ‘Exultate Deo adiutori nostro’ in a choirbook (minor losses to the burnished gold and to the pigment of the miniature). Framed.

A charming and decorative initial characteristic of Florentine illumination of the latter part of the 15th century. The soft palette of pinks and blues and the simple, button-eyed figures are typical of the style of Giovanni di Giuliano Boccardi (1460-1529), known as Boccardino il Vecchio.

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