Historiated initial U of a standing Saint, cut to shape from a choirbook.
Central Italy?, c.1250. Matted, in fine condition. A well-painted initial of a man in flowing blue and pink robes holding a book to which he gestures, probably Saint Paul. Italian miniature paintings of this period are known to be difficult to localize with any accuracy but as the face is strongly drawn with well-proportioned features it might well hail from central Italy.
(Item Id: 8719)