Historiated Initial 'O' with St. John the Baptist

Accession Number

Historiated Initial 'O' with St. John the Baptist


Object Creation Date
14th century

Medium & Support
Ink, tempera, and gold on parchment

7 3/8 x 8 1/4 in. (18.6 x 20.8 cm);19 5/16 x 14 5/16 in. (49.05 x 36.35 cm);9 9/16 x 12 in. (24.2 x 30.4 cm);7 3/8 x 8 1/4 in. (18.6 x 20.8 cm)

Credit Line
The Paul Leroy Grigaut Memorial Collection

Label copy
This historiated initial and its floriate border have been cut from a choir book and trimmed of all surrounding parchment, and thus of all clues as to its original context. When compared to the antiphonary displayed below, it clearly says more about post-medieval collection practices and attitudes than about the manuscript from which it was taken.

Primary Object Classification

Collection Area

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St. John
Text-based Art

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