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Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2003 08:51:06 -0400
Subject: [SCA-AS] Links: Illumination

Greetings all. This list was intended to me much longer, but my computer is
having some hardware problems. Darned generic hard drive. So, here are some
illumination, manuscript and related links. Please share with those who'd be

Just a note to everyone who isn't interested in calligraphy and
illumination: I reccomend that you go to the Japanese Calligraphy site
anyway: http://metrotel.co.uk/ohmori/
It will automatically check your computer for viruses and adwatre and
slowing/tracking parasites and give removal instructions. I was AMAZED at
all the parasite I had installed without my knowledge!



Nixnet: Medieval Illuminated Page
This site lists Hundreds of links to information and manuscripts on the web.

Known World SCriptorum
(Site Excerpt) This site is the result of a combined effort to provide a
source of information to scribes and illuminators without easy access to
skilled teachers. It is also a place where we hope to link knowledgeable
masters of these arts with those desiring that knowledge in a useful manner.

History of the Book
A listing of handouts on the History of Book Binding, caligraphy and

Leaves of Gold: Illuminated Manuscript from Collections in Philadelphia
(Site Excerpt) In the Middle Ages, books were as rare as jewels and as
precious as gold because they were made by hand. Some of the books on the
Leaves of Gold website cost as much as a luxury car and took as long as a
year to make. Some of the books actually have both gold and jewels in them.
The gold is used for illumination, to light up the pages. And some colors
are made of ground-up jewels. The Leaves of Gold Learning Center was
designed for a general audience, especially younger learners. Learn about
the kinds of medieval manuscripts with our slide show...learn how medieval
manuscripts were made, or design your own using our instructions and
printable templates. If you have a fast internet connection, you can even
make a manuscript online. See other links in the menu above.

Books of Hours
(Site Excerpt) The medieval Book of Hours evolved out of the monastic cycle
of prayer which divided the day into eight segments, or "hours": Matins,
Lauds, Prime, Terce, Sext, Nones, Compline, and Vespers. By the early
fifteenth century, the format of the Book of Hours had developed to satisfy
the demands of private, as opposed to communal, devotion. These portable
books are smaller in format than their monastic forebears, designed for use
by individuals, with a liturgical system somewhat less complicated than
monastic liturgy and more "user-friendly." A Book of Hours invariably begins
with a liturgical calendar, listing feast days in chronological order along
with a complicated method of calculating the date of Easter. The seven
Penitential Psalms are usually included as well, and additional prayers
(devoted to particular saints or personal issues) according to the desires
and needs of the owner.

Manuscripts at the Getty Institute
A collection of religous, scripture, secular and devotional illuminated

Rare Book and Manuscript Images (Columbia University)
(Site excerpt) This collection consists of 100 images, each provided in 3
resolutions: a thumbnail (8 bit GIF file), a medium size image (24 bit JPEG
file, up to 768x512 pixels), and a large image (24 bit JPEG file, up to
1536x1024 pixels).

Paging Through Medieval Lives
(Site Excerpt) The organization of the catalogue is anchored by the
individual collections. Since the plan of the exhibition is based on natural
groupings of the books' contents rather than a predetermined linear pattern,
the sequence of entries does not follow the order of cases within the
gallery, nor the collection of items in each case. As a medieval reader used
visual clues in the book to locate specific passages, so may the modern
reader use the accession number or shelfmark of the manuscript or fragment,
arranged numerically, to find the appropriate entry.

The Illustrated Book: A Survey of Genres
(Site Excerpt) Throughout history gold leaf has been used to create magic on
the illustrated page. In the early fifteenth century, Paris was an important
center of miniature painting. This is a page from St. Augustine, La Cité de
Dieu (City of God). The manuscript is on vellum, 339 leaves, 423 x 330 mm in
the collection of the Koninklijke Bibliotheek.

Word and IMage int he Book in Medieval Times
(Site Excerpt) In the medieaval manuscript the function of pictorial image
was manifold: a decoration, symbol and indication of the structural
development of the book, an aid in reading and grasping the contents of the
work. The impact of the correspondence of these two elements as an entitiy
of information was lessened with the introduction of printing with serially
produced "moveable" type and the printer's presse, but still much of the old
ways were kept up far into the 16th century and sometimes much longer.

Materials of Medieval Illumination
A glossary of items used for Illumination

Medieval Illumination Recipes
A Handy site for recipes for various items such as Glair, Hide Glue,
Charcoal, Gum Arabic and various Inks.

A digital Gallery of Medieval Illumination
(Site Excerpt) If you found yourself in the interesting situation you see on
the left, would your first thought be to send a prayer to saint Apollonia?
Our guess is that you would not. Yet, for many centuries, saint Apollonia
was the saint to turn to if you were in dental trouble. Why this early
martyr has developed into the patron saint of dentists and their patients,
is made abundantly clear by the miniature you see on the right. Before she
jumped into a fire to meet her death, her teeth were cruelly destroyed by
the executioners.

Jacinth's Infomine: Calligraphy, Manuscripts, abnd Illumination
Includes Primers and How-to's, materials, Calligraphy, Historical Works,
Contemporary work, HistoricalInfo., and Artists links.

Reading List: Medieval Manuscripts and Illumination
A fairly comprehensive booklist for those wishing to study the subject

MOAS Atlantia: Weblinks
Click on the Calligraphy and Illumination link for a great list of links.

Sources for Period Illuminations and Supplies
This sit eis a list of books, sites, and sources for beginners (and not-so

Some Arabic Calligraphy
(Site Excerpt) "In the Name of God, the Most Gracious, Most Merciful", done
in the shape of a pear.
The same in the shape of a bird.
A man seated in prayer. His body is formed from the words of the shahadah:
"I bear witness that there is no god but God and that Muhammad is his

Chinese Calligraphy: The Four Treasures
of The Study: Writing Brush , Ink-Stick , Paper & Inkstone
(Site Excerpt) Among the various tools of calligraphy, writing brush is
peculiar to China. The brushes are varied, and white goat's hair, black
rabbit's hair and yellow weasel's hair are three major types. On the basis
of the function of tip, the brushes are classified into three groups:
"Hard", "Soft" and "Both". The handle is made of not only bamboo, wood,
lacquer and porcelain, but also some precious materials including
mother-of-pearl inlay, ivory and jade.

Japanese Calligraphy

"Even the smallest person can change the course of the future."--Tolkein

Ah my Heart, her eyes and shee,
  Have taught thee new Astrologie.
  How e're Loves native houres were set,
  What ever starry Synod met,
  'Tis in the mercy of her eye,
  If poore Love shall live or dye.
----Richard Cranshaw , Loves Horoscope, Metaphysical Lyrics & Poetry of the
17th century

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