The gift of an I
A few days ago, my thoughtful wife, noticing my newly discovered interest in calligraphy and manuscripts, bought me a little present. It consisted of an illuminated capital (majuscule) letter I from a 15th century antiphonal.
The letter is drawn with vermilion and purple dye on vellum, with exquisite artwork surrounding it. However, the most incredible thing about this present is the feeling, the sense of history you get by holding something 500 or 600 years old in your hands.