French Renaissance illuminated initial L

Letter L, 16th century by unknown artist  
 Ink and paint on parchment 

This alphabet book, a repository of foliate patterns and letter designs, 
may have served as a pattern book used by a scribe to demonstrate his 
skills or to delight a collector interested in illumination or script. The carefully 
rendered flora and fauna, such as the iris and butterfly that embellish 
the letter L recall the precision of the flora depicted in
 contemporary herbal works. 

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