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Sunday, September 10, 2006



This is quite exquisite, it's later than the ones that I love so much which are the ones done by the early Celtic monks such as the Book of Kells. These illuminated manuscripts are really quite incredible - the workmanship and patience necssary to create these works of art is rare indeed in today's 'want it now' world. How fortunate we are that there still survive these wonderful manuscripts from an age where a craftsman or artist was willing to spend the endless hours and days and months that each of these pages must have taken to produce.


What a beautiful find, Roz. No temptation to try as my eyes aren't good enough now to do that tiny work. Gilding in those old manuscript pieces (like your photo) are done last - after the calligraphy. In the old days, the paper/parchment/cow skin that the work was written on was so thin that often the work on the reverse side of the page could be seen behind the work you were reading. The decorations and illuminated letters are absolutely gorgeous. Thanks so much for sharing this.

Britt Arnhild Lindland

This is beautiful FRoz. What a treasure to find. I am happy for you.


How absolutely amazing. I can almost picture the artists peacefully at work. Time stands still then, when you're in the flow. How grateful we must be that the work has survived! Doesn't it make you ask yourself what power there is in works such as this to allow us to pause, take a deep breath and wonder?

Fran aka Redondowriter

You know, we talk about our writing and our art as part of our spiritual disciplines--and these illuminators were definitely living their art. It is incredible. Thanks so much for sharing this.

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