Types of Illuminations

Characteristics of Illuminations

History of Illuminations

  • The earliest illuminations were ideas copied from Ancient Egyptian artwork
  • Illuminations helped influence later western art
  • They were often done by monks and nuns
  • Illuminations also helped contribute to the development of calligraphy and handwriting
  • They began to be replaced by woodblock printing in the late sixteenth century
  • In the early middle ages to illuminate meant only the enlargement of the first letter or opening phrases on important documents
  • Illuminations were at their peak in the late Middle Ages
  • The most common documents illuminated were bibles, prayer books, chronicles, romance novels, poetry, and important letters
  • The art of illuminating flourished during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance

Reference List

Bunson, Matthew. Encyclopaedia of the Middle Ages. New York, NY: Facts on File. 1995
World Book, Inc. The World Book Encyclopaedia. USA: World Book, Inc. 1997
Columbia Encyclopaedia. Concise Columbia Electronic Encyclopaedia. USA: Columbia University Press. 1994
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