Description & Technical information

This magnificent and large historiated initial D illustrated with a monumental scene of the Coronation of the Virgin was recently described by Gaudenz Freuler as “one of the most splendid examples of the art of Renaissance manuscript illumination in Perugia.”  It is well-known in the literature, because it belonged to many important collectors of cuttings and single leaves, including Sir John Pope Hennessy, and has long been attributed to Bartholomeo Caporali, a Perugian painter working at the beginning of the High Renaissance. We have retained that attribution here, notwithstanding emerging new research on this artist, which reassigns some of his oeuvre to other Perugian painters, including to Tommaso di Mascio Scarafone, the attribution tentatively proposed by Freuler

Date:  1485-1490
Period:  1400-1600, 15th century
Origin:  Italy, Perugia
Categories: Illuminated Manuscripts & Medieval Works of Art