Historiated initial

A letter containing an identifiable scene or figures, sometimes relating to the text. Historiated initials, first encountered in Insular illumination of the first half of the eighth century, became a popular feature of medieval illumination. Borders can also be historiated.

Michelle Brown
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    historisierte Initiale

Michelle Brown, Understanding Illuminated Manuscripts (Malibu, CA: J. Paul Getty Museum in association with the British Library, c1994).