Initials in Visigothic script codices merged animals with people and letters following a specific artistic programme.
Over the past few days, I have tried to complete an alphabet with examples of the initials used in manuscripts in Visigothic script, shared on my Twitter account. I have been able to gather almost all the letters except L, Y, Z. I hope you enjoy!
This post is especially dedicated to art historians working with medieval illumination. And if there are any around, working with material in Visigothic script, I would love to have some feedback about the different styles used in these initials.
The images are a mix of different manuscripts, mostly from the Archivo de la Real Academia de la Historia (Madrid), the British Library,Paris – Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Archivo de la Colegiata de San Isidoro de León, and Archivo del Real Monasterio de El Escorial.
by A. Castro
[update: Storify closed but you can still find these tweets in my twitter account]