(Germany: early 12th century). 370 x 210 mm. (14 1/2 x 8 1/4"). Double column, 31 lines in a fine Romanesque book hand.
Rubrics in red, with five one-line initials in red and one large three-line initial in red with decorative floral pattern, A HANDSOME WHITE VINE-STEM "P," measuring slightly larger than five lines, filled with green and blue, outlined in green, and highlighted with red. Recovered from a binding and thus with some moderate soiling and several creases, vine-stem initial slightly trimmed away on left side (affecting two or three letters on verso), but the other margins quite comfortable, the paint of the initial well preserved, and the text dark and entirely legible.
The Romanesque vine-stem initial here is an excellent example of its kind, with a handsome design of tight, swirling vines and foliage, surrounded by bright colors. These types of capitals were admired by the Italian humanists of the 15th century, who used them as models for a derivative form known as the Renaissance white vine initials. The likely origin of our leaf is the Rhineland, perhaps Cologne, where similar initials, utilizing the same distinctive pattern of vine-stem and foliage, can be seen in a manuscript now housed in the collection of the Cologne Cathedral (see: "Glaube und Wissen im Mittelalter," pp. 204-06). With far less soiling and damage than one would expect for a leaf rescued from a binding, this is an especially attractive and appealing specimen. (ST15161a)
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PJP Catalog: 75.005