Gymnastic initial

An initial composed of lively, acrobatic human and/or animal figures.

An initial composed of lively, acrobatic human and/or animal figures. Gymnastic initials are particularly characteristic of Romanesque illumination. Gymnastic decoration can occur in other contexts as well.

    Michelle Brown, Understanding Illuminated Manuscripts (Malibu, CA: J. Paul Getty Museum in association with the British Library, c1994).