|The Good Shepherd|
Continuing with the discussion of Medieval Manuscripts and their ‘Initials’ today we speak of the ‘Historiated’ Initial.
A Historiated Initial is an initial (enlarged letter that starts the first word of a passage) containing a scene from the work. It could be an episode from the subject, a portrait of the author, or landscape from the text.
In this scene (to the right) we have a manuscript from Dante showing a scene, found in the story, of a sailing ship.
And below we have King David playing his harp, above, and, as a young man, facing Goliath (lower register)