The Illuminated Manuscripts digital collection provides online access to 15 leaves from several liturgical manuscripts ranging from the 12th to the 15th century.
Illuminated manuscripts are hand-written, original works of art on parchment or vellum. They include the incorporation of gold and silver leaf gilding, as well as a very rich palette of colors, including ultramarine and vermilion. Most illuminated manuscripts are liturgical and were created in monasteries during the Middle Ages. The illuminated manuscript pages within this digital collection come from several texts including the Book of Hours, the Koran, choir books, and Latin bibles. These leaves are a prime example of fine craftsmanship and artistic brilliance.
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