Two Supplicants. Historiated initial ‘A’ which shows two figures in prayer. Bologna, Italy. Initial ‘A’ painted in red and showing two figures kneeling in prayer with hands and faces raised towards the Holy Spirit represented as a light at the top of the initial: set within a gold frame. 75mm x 74mm. Verso: square musical notation. 1350. Framed within antique style gilt frame and bevelled inner. Glazed with museum glass and conservation materials.
A 14th century initial which appears to be painted in the 13th century style and so may be from a provincial centre, although the flat sharp foliage is typical of Bolognese illumination. The initial has feature typical of many areas of northern Italy, and so it is difficult to assign it to one area.