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"Exploring the Richness of History: Initial Glimpses into Ancient Manuscripts, Artworks

Background imageInitial Collection: Initial page from the Lindisfarne Gospels, late 7th or early 8th century

Initial page from the Lindisfarne Gospels, late 7th or early 8th century. Gospel of St John the Evangelist, originally produced in Lindisfarne, North East England

Background imageInitial Collection: Statue of John Lennon close to the original Cavern Club, Matthew Street

Statue of John Lennon close to the original Cavern Club, Matthew Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageInitial Collection: Choirbook number 9. Gregorian chant. 15th. century. Virgin a

Choirbook number 9. Gregorian chant. 15th. century. Virgin a
Choirbook number 9. Gregorian chant. 15th. century. Antiphonary By Master of Burgo de Osma. Parchment. Virgin and Child. Miniature. Drop cap. Spain

Background imageInitial Collection: KNIGHTS IN TOURNAMENT. Knights on horseback in a ring at a medieval tournament

KNIGHTS IN TOURNAMENT. Knights on horseback in a ring at a medieval tournament, one of whom (left) is being presented with a trophy. French manuscript illumination, 15th century

Background imageInitial Collection: Byrsa Hill, the original Punic site at Carthage, UNESCO World Heritage Site

Byrsa Hill, the original Punic site at Carthage, UNESCO World Heritage Site, near Tunis, Tunisia, North Africa, Africa

Background imageInitial Collection: Letter C adorned with a monk writing on a desk. Miniature from '

Letter C adorned with a monk writing on a desk. Miniature from "
LRI4666665 Letter C adorned with a monk writing on a desk. Miniature from " Vitae sanctorum" (Life of the Saints) 12th century Coimbre, university library by Unknown Artist

Background imageInitial Collection: The Comical Hotch-Potch, or the Alpahbet Turn d Posture-Master

The Comical Hotch-Potch, or the Alpahbet Turn d Posture-Master. Print by Carington Bowles, English, 1782
ALPHABET, 1782. The Comical Hotch-Potch, or the Alpahbet Turn d Posture-Master. Print by Carington Bowles, English, 1782

Background imageInitial Collection: Choirbook number 3. Gregorian chant. 15th. century. Coronati

Choirbook number 3. Gregorian chant. 15th. century. Coronati
Choirbook number 3. Gregorian chant. 15th. century. Antiphonary By Master of Burgo de Osma. Parchment. Coronation of the Virgin surrounded by Saints and Bishops. Miniature. Letter U. Spain

Background imageInitial Collection: Satires by Juvenal

Satires by Juvenal
Juvenal (Decimus Iunius Iuvenalis). 1st - 2nd centuries AD. Roman poet. Satires. Start of the First Satire. Leyden, 1532

Background imageInitial Collection: Corpus Iuris Civilis

Corpus Iuris Civilis. Code of Justinian. 529. Legislative compilation for a Roman law unification. Parchment codex. Folio 63v. 13th century

Background imageInitial Collection: Choirbook number 7. Gregorian chant. 15th. century. The Visi

Choirbook number 7. Gregorian chant. 15th. century. The Visi
Choirbook number 7. Gregorian chant. 15th. century. Antiphonary By Master of Burgo de Osma. Parchment. The Visitation of Mary to her cousin Elizabeth. Drop cap D. Miniature. Spain

Background imageInitial Collection: A Page from the Egerton Bohun Psalter-Hours, (1370), 1937

A Page from the Egerton Bohun Psalter-Hours, (1370), 1937
A Page from the Egerton Bohun Psalter-Hours, 1370. This is one of a group of manuscripts made for members of the Bohun family, who were earls of Hereford, Essex

Background imageInitial Collection: Wallis in Tahiti 1767

Wallis in Tahiti 1767
Tahiti, in the Society Islands, is discovered by Captain Samuel Wallis of the Royal Navy, and after initial hostilities he makes friends with their queen, Oberea

Background imageInitial Collection: Illumination from the MacDumon Gospel

Illumination from the MacDumon Gospel
An illumination from the MacDurnon Gospel, an Irish medieval manuscript

Background imageInitial Collection: MS 293b

MS 293b
Illuminated manuscript cutting. Collage with historiated initial and border from a Choir Psalter. Maker & Production: Avila. Illumination, parchment and gold, circa 1482- circa 1492

Background imageInitial Collection: Facsimile of Initial letter A with story of Abraham and Isaac

Facsimile of Initial letter A with story of Abraham and Isaac, engraved by Ahasuerus van Londerseel after Peter van der
3555531 Facsimile of Initial letter A with story of Abraham and Isaac, engraved by Ahasuerus van Londerseel after Peter van der Borcht Brussels

Background imageInitial Collection: Knight (letter 'M'). manuscript from the beginning of the 13th century

Knight (letter "M"). manuscript from the beginning of the 13th century
GIA5036462 Knight (letter "M"). manuscript from the beginning of the 13th century.; (add.info.: Knight (letter "M")

Background imageInitial Collection: Il Canzoniere de Petrarch or Francesco Petrarca (1304 - 1374), Padua 1472

Il Canzoniere de Petrarch or Francesco Petrarca (1304 - 1374), Padua 1472
GIA5035921 Il Canzoniere de Petrarch or Francesco Petrarca (1304 - 1374), Padua 1472.; (add.info.: Il Canzoniere de Petrarch or Francesco Petrarca (1304 - 1374), Padua 1472.); © Giancarlo Costa

Background imageInitial Collection: Saint Brigitte of Sweden (1303 - 1373). 14th century manuscript

Saint Brigitte of Sweden (1303 - 1373). 14th century manuscript
GIA5034695 Saint Brigitte of Sweden (1303 - 1373). 14th century manuscript.; © Giancarlo Costa

Background imageInitial Collection: Lettrine T : martyre de Saint Laurent. Enluminure tiree d'une Historia Sanctorum de la fin du

Lettrine T : martyre de Saint Laurent. Enluminure tiree d'une Historia Sanctorum de la fin du 13eme siecle
GIA5034928 Lettrine T : martyre de Saint Laurent. Enluminure tiree d'une Historia Sanctorum de la fin du 13eme siecle.; (add.info.: Lettrine T: martyre de Saint Laurent)

Background imageInitial Collection: Lettrine ' a' and miniature representing the sophist, Philostrate

Lettrine " a" and miniature representing the sophist, Philostrate. Manuscript by Boccacio (Boccace), 1430
GIA5036671 Lettrine " a" and miniature representing the sophist, Philostrate. Manuscript by Boccacio (Boccace), 1430.; (add.info)

Background imageInitial Collection: Pliny The Elder (23-79) - Portrait de Pline l'Ancien (23 - 79), naturaliste romain

Pliny The Elder (23-79) - Portrait de Pline l'Ancien (23 - 79), naturaliste romain
GIA5036518 Pliny The Elder (23-79) - Portrait de Pline l'Ancien (23 - 79), naturaliste romain, d'apres une miniature d'un manuscrit de 1497

Background imageInitial Collection: A page of the Latin manuscript ' De Excellentium Virorum Princibus' by Italian poet Antonio

A page of the Latin manuscript " De Excellentium Virorum Princibus" by Italian poet Antonio Cornazzano
VEN5027476 A page of the Latin manuscript " De Excellentium Virorum Princibus" by Italian poet Antonio Cornazzano (1429-1484). Ms. Alfa P. 6.4, F° 1

Background imageInitial Collection: representation of the fighting between the Israelites of Joshua, and the Cananees

representation of the fighting between the Israelites of Joshua, and the Cananees
VEN5027373 representation of the fighting between the Israelites of Joshua, and the Cananees, for the conquest of the Promised Land

Background imageInitial Collection: Middle Ages: Page of a Latin gospel given by King Athelstan of England (895-939)

Middle Ages: Page of a Latin gospel given by King Athelstan of England (895-939) to the Church of Canterbury
NWI4892309 Middle Ages: Page of a Latin gospel given by King Athelstan of England (895-939) to the Church of Canterbury, 10th century

Background imageInitial Collection: Initial illumination depicting reapers and a gleaner

Initial illumination depicting reapers and a gleaner
3732630 Initial illumination depicting reapers and a gleaner; (add.info.: Initial illumination depicting reapers and a gleaner. Dated 15th Century.); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageInitial Collection: Letter B: 14th century lettrine, Breton, Bastille, Blueberries, Bigorne

Letter B: 14th century lettrine, Breton, Bastille, Blueberries, Bigorne. Alphabet illustrates a character in
DUV4198388 Letter B: 14th century lettrine, Breton, Bastille, Blueberries, Bigorne. Alphabet illustrates a character in traditional costume, a famous monument, a plant and an object or an insect

Background imageInitial Collection: Letter C: 15th century letterhead, Chinese, Castle, Capuchin, Necklace

Letter C: 15th century letterhead, Chinese, Castle, Capuchin, Necklace. Alphabet illustrates a character in traditional
DUV4198384 Letter C: 15th century letterhead, Chinese, Castle, Capuchin, Necklace. Alphabet illustrates a character in traditional costume, a famous monument, a plant and an object or an insect

Background imageInitial Collection: Letter H: 14th century lettrine, Dutch, Blast furnaces, Coal, Holly, Hoe

Letter H: 14th century lettrine, Dutch, Blast furnaces, Coal, Holly, Hoe. Alphabet illustrates a character in
DUV4198363 Letter H: 14th century lettrine, Dutch, Blast furnaces, Coal, Holly, Hoe. Alphabet illustrates a character in traditional costume, a famous monument, a plant and an object or an insect

Background imageInitial Collection: Letter K: round lettrine, Kalmouk, The Kremlin, Ketmie, Kepi

Letter K: round lettrine, Kalmouk, The Kremlin, Ketmie, Kepi. Alphabet illustrates a character in traditional costume
DUV4198348 Letter K: round lettrine, Kalmouk, The Kremlin, Ketmie, Kepi. Alphabet illustrates a character in traditional costume, a famous monument, a plant and an object or an insect

Background imageInitial Collection: Letter N: antique lettrine, Norwegian, Nice, Nenuphars, Nid. Alphabet illustrates a character in

Letter N: antique lettrine, Norwegian, Nice, Nenuphars, Nid. Alphabet illustrates a character in traditional costume
DUV4198328 Letter N: antique lettrine, Norwegian, Nice, Nenuphars, Nid. Alphabet illustrates a character in traditional costume, a famous monument, a plant and an object or an insect

Background imageInitial Collection: The Historia Naturalis

The Historia Naturalis
3507272 The Historia Naturalis; (add.info.: Illuminated initial from the Historia Naturalis. Dated 18th Century.); Universal History Archive

Background imageInitial Collection: Title page calligraphed with a siren with an animal's paw and a knight out of a snail shell with a

Title page calligraphed with a siren with an animal's paw and a knight out of a snail shell with a tail and legs
FLO4630692 Title page calligraphed with a siren with an animal's paw and a knight out of a snail shell with a tail and legs

Background imageInitial Collection: Lettrines, calligraphy and decorative borders of the manuscript of the Royal Library of Paris

Lettrines, calligraphy and decorative borders of the manuscript of the Royal Library of Paris - Lithography after
FLO4630691 Lettrines, calligraphy and decorative borders of the manuscript of the Royal Library of Paris - Lithography after the manuscript enlumine of the Chronicles (from 1322 to 1400)

Background imageInitial Collection: Letter L: 13th century lettrine, Lapon, Lyon, Liseron, Lyre. Alphabet illustrates a character in

Letter L: 13th century lettrine, Lapon, Lyon, Liseron, Lyre. Alphabet illustrates a character in traditional costume
DUV4198347 Letter L: 13th century lettrine, Lapon, Lyon, Liseron, Lyre. Alphabet illustrates a character in traditional costume, a famous monument, a plant and an object or an insect

Background imageInitial Collection: Letter D: Modern Gothic, Dalmatian, Dungeon, Digitale, Doloire

Letter D: Modern Gothic, Dalmatian, Dungeon, Digitale, Doloire. Alphabet illustrates a character in traditional
DUV4198383 Letter D: Modern Gothic, Dalmatian, Dungeon, Digitale, Doloire. Alphabet illustrates a character in traditional costume, a famous monument, a plant and an object or an insect

Background imageInitial Collection: Lettrines and miniatures of manuscripts from 1400 to 1440, extracted from various works of

Lettrines and miniatures of manuscripts from 1400 to 1440, extracted from various works of the bookstores of Paris
FLO4643746 Lettrines and miniatures of manuscripts from 1400 to 1440, extracted from various works of the bookstores of Paris, Heidelberg and Munich - Chromolithography

Background imageInitial Collection: Initial letter depicting an astronomer observing the sky

Initial letter depicting an astronomer observing the sky
5311872 Initial letter depicting an astronomer observing the sky; (add.info.: Initial letter depicting an astronomer observing the sky and making measurements using a quadrant)

Background imageInitial Collection: Initial letter T depicting a boy resting by a signpost, 1850

Initial letter T depicting a boy resting by a signpost, 1850
3331118 Initial letter T depicting a boy resting by a signpost, 1850; (add.info.: Initial letter T depicting a boy resting by a signpost, by George Heywood Sumner (1853-1940)

Background imageInitial Collection: Lettrine X. Illumination from a 14th century manuscript

Lettrine X. Illumination from a 14th century manuscript
GIA5033561 Lettrine X. Illumination from a 14th century manuscript.; (add.info.: Lettrine X. Illumination from a 14th century manuscript.); © Giancarlo Costa

Background imageInitial Collection: The hymn of hymns: a scene of love between two young men Page of the Bible manuscript of Borso

The hymn of hymns: a scene of love between two young men Page of the Bible manuscript of Borso d'Este (1413-1471)
VEN5027393 The hymn of hymns: a scene of love between two young men Page of the Bible manuscript of Borso d'Este (1413-1471) (Bibbia, Breviario d'Ercole) (Vol)

Background imageInitial Collection: The author presents his work to his lord Borso d'Este (1413-1471), Duke of Este

The author presents his work to his lord Borso d'Este (1413-1471), Duke of Este
VEN5027500 The author presents his work to his lord Borso d'Este (1413-1471), Duke of Este. Page of the manuscript of the "Book of the Savior" (Libro del salvatore) (ms)

Background imageInitial Collection: Breviarium romanum (Roman breviary). Illuminated manuscript representing the annunciation

Breviarium romanum (Roman breviary). Illuminated manuscript representing the annunciation
VEN5027484 Breviarium romanum (Roman breviary). Illuminated manuscript representing the annunciation, the nativity and some zodiac signs

Background imageInitial Collection: Lettrine 'h' representing the baptism of Christ by Saint John the Baptist in the Jordan River with

Lettrine "h" representing the baptism of Christ by Saint John the Baptist in the Jordan River with the dove
GIA5036649 Lettrine "h" representing the baptism of Christ by Saint John the Baptist in the Jordan River with the dove symbol of the Holy Spirit

Background imageInitial Collection: Page de manuscrit du 'Ninfale fiesolano', de Giovanni Boccace, 1344 - 1346. Ed. du 15eme siecle

Page de manuscrit du "Ninfale fiesolano", de Giovanni Boccace, 1344 - 1346. Ed. du 15eme siecle
GIA5036800 Page de manuscrit du "Ninfale fiesolano", de Giovanni Boccace, 1344 - 1346. Ed. du 15eme siecle.; © Giancarlo Costa

Background imageInitial Collection: De Romulo primo romanorum rege de Petrarque ou Francesco Petrarca (1304 - 1374) ms. XIV

De Romulo primo romanorum rege de Petrarque ou Francesco Petrarca (1304 - 1374) ms. XIV
GIA5035918 De Romulo primo romanorum rege de Petrarque ou Francesco Petrarca (1304 - 1374) ms. XIV; © Giancarlo Costa

Background imageInitial Collection: A scientist performing a calculation on an armillary sphere (' S')

A scientist performing a calculation on an armillary sphere (" S")
GIA5034681 A scientist performing a calculation on an armillary sphere (" S"). Manuscript of the works of Aristotle, 13th century.; © Giancarlo Costa

Background imageInitial Collection: Lettrine O representant Saint Benoit de Nursie (ne a Nurcie (Nurcia) en Ombrie vers 480 - 527

Lettrine O representant Saint Benoit de Nursie (ne a Nurcie (Nurcia) en Ombrie vers 480 - 527
GIA5034902 Lettrine O representant Saint Benoit de Nursie (ne a Nurcie (Nurcia) en Ombrie vers 480 - 527) qui recoit le viatique (communion portee a un mourant)



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"Exploring the Richness of History: Initial Glimpses into Ancient Manuscripts, Artworks, and Landmarks" Step back in time as we delve into the captivating world of "initials. " From the mesmerizing pages of the Lindisfarne Gospels to a statue honoring John Lennon near the original Cavern Club, these hints offer glimpses into various aspects of history. Imagine knights on horseback engaging in a medieval tournament, one triumphant warrior being presented with a trophy. This French manuscript illumination from the 15th century transports us to an era filled with chivalry and honor. Delving deeper into music's past, Choirbook number 9 takes us on a melodic journey through Gregorian chants from the 15th century. The ethereal voices echo through time, connecting us to ancient traditions. Traveling further south, Byrsa Hill stands proudly as Carthage's original Punic site. Recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, it whispers tales of ancient civilizations and their enduring legacies. Shifting gears towards amusement and entertainment, Carington Bowles' print titled "The Comical Hotch-Potch" invites laughter with its whimsical portrayal of an alphabet turn d posture-master. A glimpse into English humor from 1782. Venturing even further back in time reveals Satires by Juvenal and Corpus Iuris Civilis – literary treasures that shed light on Roman society and law during their respective periods. Returning to sacred melodies once again is Choirbook number Its delicate pages carry enchanting Gregorian chants that have graced countless religious ceremonies throughout centuries - transporting souls closer to divinity. Marvel at intricate craftsmanship within initial letters found in ancient manuscripts like the Book of Kells or Egerton Bohun Psalter-Hours. These masterpieces showcase dedication and skill while preserving stories for generations yet unborn. Finally, Anne Boleyn's portrait from 1532 reminds us of the captivating figures that shaped history.