Another filigree initial and another M. It seems that the people who commission me to write initials all have names beginning with the same letter. A bit tired of using the Lombard form, I opted this time for an older form, inspired by the ms. 0202 of the Mazarine library (12th century).
A few months ago, during a visit to Quimper, I was admiring the stained glass windows of the cathedral when the idea came up to use them for a composition. So here is a first variation on the theme (I think there will be more).
Quite happy with the result produced by the combination of embossing and ink experimented on Julien Gracq’s text, I decided to reedit the experience with initials copied from XIIth century French manuscripts. This time I used walnut stain instead of India ink and I find the result just as interesting, judge for yourself.
This phrase has been on my list of things to calligraph for several years. After several attempts at very different compositions, I think I have found what suits this phrase affixed to the pediment of the temple of the oracle at Delphi.