- Capital letters ornamented with representation, such as plants, animals, or human figures, that has a narrative — as distinct from a purely decorative — function. Historiated initial letters were a popular form of manuscript decoration in the Middle Ages.
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historiated — his·to·ri·at·ed (hĭ stôrʹē ā tĭd, stōrʹ , stŏrʹ ) adj. Adorned with the figures of humans, animals, or birds, often for narrative purposes. Used especially of initial letters in manuscripts and of the capitals of columns. [Medieval Latin… … Universalium
historiated — adjective illuminated with decorative designs that represent parts of the following text … Wiktionary
Historiated — Modern term for the sometimes highly decorated initial letters found at the beginning of chapters or sections in illuminated MSS … Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases
historiated — [hɪ stɔ:rɪeɪtɪd] adjective (of an initial letter in an illuminated manuscript) decorated with designs representing scenes from the text. Origin C19: from Fr. historié, past participle of historier in an obs. sense illustrate , from med. L.… … English new terms dictionary
historiated — his·to·ri·at·ed … English syllables
historiated — adj. = STORIATED. Etymology: med.L historiare (as HISTORY) … Useful english dictionary
Historiated initial — An historiated initial is an enlarged letter at the beginning of a paragraph or other section of text, which contains a picture. Strictly speaking, an inhabited initial contains figures (human or animal) that are decorative only, without forming… … Wikipedia
Historiated initial — Инициал, украшенный виньетками и узорами … Краткий толковый словарь по полиграфии
William de Brailes — A signed self portrait by W de Brailes who painted me (left margin) William de Brailes (active c. 1230 c. 1260) was an English Early Gothic manuscript illuminator, presumably born in Brailes, Warwickshire. He signed two manuscripts, and… … Wikipedia
Initial — For other uses, see Initial (disambiguation). A historiated illuminated initial In a written or published work, an initial is a letter at the beginning of a work, a chapter, or a paragraph that is larger than the rest of the text. The word is… … Wikipedia