Summer posts: Visigothic script initials

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.

[View the story “Initials, Visigothic script style” on Storify]

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 FranceArchivo 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]

[edited 13/07/2018]

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