Historiated- adj.- Adorned with the figures of humans or animals, often with foliage, and often for narrative purposes. Used especially of initial letters in manuscripts and of the capitals of columns.

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Chi-Rho/Incarnation initial folio from the Book of Kells, c. 810. Image taken from ARTstor.

Chi-Rho/Incarnation initial folio from the Book of Kells, c. 810. Image taken from ARTstor.

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    I can safely say this is one of the best things I studied in my art history course.
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    Not Cher, but the art history lover in me can’t resist :)
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    Chi-Rho/Incarnation initial folio from the Book of Kells, c. 810. Image taken from ARTstor.
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