On the Transmission of Artistic Patterns in Late Medieval Manuscript Illumination
Edited By Joris Corin Heyder and Christine Seidel
Sano di Pietro and the ‘Illustrated Initial’: Maria Ferroni
Sano di Pietro and the ‘Illustrated Initial’
The paper focuses on a set of illuminated initials painted by Sano di Pietro in the Antiphonary n. 562 of the Civic Medieval Museum of Bologna, formerly part of the choir library in the Olivetan monastery of San Michele in Bosco. Iconographically conservative, the image finds its place in a rectangular and monumental space – similar to a piece of a fresco painting drawn from the wall to the page – magnificently bordered by a three-dimensional frame where the initials are included as little gold letters. This paper discusses the innovative nature of this relationship between image and initial, proposes possible reasons for the painter’s choice and contextualises his contribution within the set of choir books.
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