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Center for Book Arts: Wednesday's Exhibitions and Collections: The Illuminated Alphabet

Illuminated manuscript, Book of Hours in Dutch, Two souls kneel in prayer in purgatory, Walters Manuscript W.188, fol. 175r by Walters Art Museum Illuminated Manuscripts, via Flickr

Gospel Lectionary, Ornamented headpiece and initial letter "Pi" with Herod's feast, Walters Manuscript W.535, fol. 159r by Walters Art Museum Illuminated Manuscripts, via Flickr

Barthel Beham (German, 1502–1540). Child with Three Skulls, early 16th century. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1953 (53.601.19(190)).