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The decoration of both liturgical and secular books with vividly coloured vine borders containing roundels with scenes and numerous putti point to Ferrarese models of illumination in the middle of the 15th century. The present leaf offers an initial B enclosing a seated King David writing at a desk while God appears to him above. A three-sided border features roundels with the four Evangelist symbols and two roundels with St. Francis displaying the Stigmata and several Franciscan friars following Christ carrying the Cross. The focus on Franciscan imagery also strengthens the leaf’s association with Ferrara, an important centre for the mendicant order under the patronage of the Este and Gualengo families in the 15th century.