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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Circle of Geertgen tot Sint JansThe Tree of Jesse1500Oil on panel
"Pictured here symbolically is Christ’s family tree. It grows out of the sleeping figure of Jesse, forefather of a line of kings that included, according to tradition, Solomon, David, and Jesus. The branches are filled with the kings of Israel, among them King David with his harp. At top, the Virgin is enthroned with the Christ Child on her lap."
Description and image taken from the Rijksmuseum’s website.

Circle of Geertgen tot Sint Jans
The Tree of Jesse
1500
Oil on panel

"Pictured here symbolically is Christ’s family tree. It grows out of the sleeping figure of Jesse, forefather of a line of kings that included, according to tradition, Solomon, David, and Jesus. The branches are filled with the kings of Israel, among them King David with his harp. At top, the Virgin is enthroned with the Christ Child on her lap."

Description and image taken from the Rijksmuseum’s website.

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