Illuminated Manuscripts

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Medieval Illumination, taken from “De Speculo Caritatis” (the mirror of charity)(1140) by Ælred de Rievaulx - Public Domain Illuminated Manuscript

Details: Aelred of Rievaulx, also known as Ailred, Ælred, and Æthelred, was a Cistercian monk from England. He served as the abbot of Rievaulx from 1147 until his passing in 1167 and was recognized for his writing abilities. Both Anglicans and Catholics consider him to be a saint. 🙏🏽This image...

Leaf from a Psalter: Initial D: David in Prayer before an Altar and Christ in a Cloud (2 of 2 Excised Leaves) (1270–1280, England) - Public Domain Illuminated Manuscript

Details: An impressive eight-line initial represents a kneeling David praying before an altar amid stylized topiaries and set against a burnished gold ground. The text introduces Psalm 101: Domine exaudi orationem meam (Hear my prayer, O Lord, and let my crying come unto thee). Facial types for the figures are...

Leaf from a Book of Hours: Presentation in the Temple with Roundels of the Casting of Lots, the Deposition, and Pietà (None, Office of the Virgin) (1460–1470) by the follower of Master of Adélaïde de Savoie - Public Domain Illuminated Manuscript

Details: DID YOU KNOW? The images and decorated initials in the book helped users navigate to sections they needed while also offering details to provoke meditation and prayer, leading to books of hours sometimes being referred to as “painted prayers.” DESCRIPTION The style of this miniature, with its oval faces,...

Portrait of the Evangelist Matthew (first half of the 16th century, Ethiopia) - Public Domain Illuminated Manuscript

Details: This large Ethiopian Gospel Book was made in the first half of the sixteenth century and is written in Ge'ez, the traditional liturgical language of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. Containing eleven full-page miniatures, six canon tables, and five elaborately ornamented harags, or headpieces, this manuscript represents the...

Christ on the Road to Emmaus, Peter at The Empty Tomb (1594-1596, Romania) by Lukas of Cyprus - Public Domain Illuminated Manuscript

Details: This is one of twenty-six known manuscripts by the hand of Luke the Cypriot (active 1583-1625), an accomplished Greek calligrapher who worked after the Ottoman conquest of Constantinople (1453). He copied it in 1594 at his episcopal see of Buzau (in Wallachia, now Romania) and soon took it to...

Virgin and Child flanked by the Archangels Michael and Gabriel (16th Century, Ethiopia) - Public Domain Illuminated Manuscript

Details: This large Ethiopian Gospel Book was made in the first half of the sixteenth century and is written in Ge'ez, the traditional liturgical language of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. Containing eleven full-page miniatures, six canon tables, and five elaborately ornamented harags, or headpieces, this manuscript represents the...

Leaf from a Gospel Lectionary: Ornamented Headpiece and Initial E with the Resurrection of Christ and John the Baptist Preaching by Lukas of Cyprus (1594-1596) - Public Domain Illuminated Manuscript

Details: The decoration on this page is by two or possibly three different hands. The headpiece, ornamented title, and initial letter "E" are the work of the scribe Luke the Cypriot, while the images and framing ornament in the side margin are by a professional artist(s). It...

Mary and Joseph with the Innocents massacred by King Herod (Ethiopian,16th century) - Public Domain Illuminated Manuscript

Details: This large Ethiopian Gospel Book was made in the first half of the sixteenth century and is written in Ge'ez, the traditional liturgical language of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. Containing eleven full-page miniatures, six canon tables, and five elaborately ornamented harags, or headpieces, this manuscript represents the...

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