The iconography of this initial is very unusual because it combines the Ascension with Pentecost: as Christ ascends to heaven, tongues of fire descend on the Virgin and Apostles below.
The style is similar to that of Niccolò da Bologna, arguably the most important and prolific Bolognese illuminator of the second half of the 14th century, and was appointed illuminator to the city of Bologna in the 1380s.
The initial introduced the Matins responsory for the feast of the Ascension: ‘Post passionem tuam …’.
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