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Headpiece (book illustration)

Headpiece from "Triodion", a religious manuscript from 1642

Headpiece (also spelled head-piece), is a decoration printed in the blank space at the beginning of a chapter or other division of a book, usually an ornamental panel, printer's ornament or a small illustration done by a professional illustrator.[1]

The use of decorative headpieces in manuscripts was inherited by the medieval West from late Antique and Byzantine book production, and enjoyed particular popularity during the Renaissance.[2]

Headpieces, sometimes incorporating a rubric or heading, as well as Zoomorphic and anthropomorphic motifs were used widely in manuscripts and in editions of the Bible in the 15th century.

Similarly, a tailpiece is located at the end of a chapter or section.

Notes and references

  1. ^ Joan M. Reitz. "ODLIS Online Dictionary for Library and Information Science". ABC-CLIO. Retrieved 19 September 2013.
  2. ^ Michelle P. Brown (1994). "Understanding Illuminated Manuscripts: A Guide to Technical Terms". Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum in association with The British Library. Retrieved 19 September 2013.

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