diagram: Diane George
Lindisfarne Gospels (BL, Cotton MS Nero D.iv) f.29r, Chi- Rho page
Suggested geometry for the layout of the Chi- Rho page from the Lindisfarne Gospels.
The underlying grid and horizontal lines derive from the lines of text that are on the other side of the folio. These can just be seen showing through in the picture on the left. Some of the curved lines would probably have been drawn in by eye.
The XPI monogram consists of major decorated initials. The smaller, but nonetheless decorative, letters below this are display capitals. The red, half-uncial letters at the head of the page are known as rubrics. NEXT (Decorated Initials)
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