THE GALLERY: An Introduction to Illuminated Manuscripts
Illuminated manuscripts are hand-produced books that include drawn, painted, and gilded decoration on pages made of vellum, a specially prepared and polished animal skin. The simplest manuscripts are adorned with calligraphic penwork dividing one paragraph of text from another. More lavish examples are embellished with historiated initials, enlarged and colorful letters that contain tiny representations of figures or biblical scenes.
brilliant pictures that illustrate and accompany the texts in a manuscript
are called miniatures, not only because they are small, but because the
Latin word miniare (to color with red lead) has been
illuminated manuscripts were produced by monks
of Gold is organised into five sections that highlight several major
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