Author: Margaret Morgan
Publisher: Barrons Educational Series Incorporated
Release Date: 2006
The ancient art of illuminating manuscripts is currently attracting many new enthusiasts among artists, art students, and lovers of calligraphy. The Bible of Illuminated Letters is a volume they'll all want to add to their collections. It presents step-by-step instructions for recreating twelve illuminated alphabets. Among them are Celtic, Saxon, Gothic, Romanesque, Modern Revival, and seven more, including several modern scripts. Detailed diagrams instruct on creating upper- and lower-case letters, as well as on ways for designing borders and decorations. More ambitious students can also follow clear directions for gilding--decorating with gold leaf--as was originally done in medieval European monasteries. Readers and students of illumination who open this book will find: a history of illumination; required tools, techniques, and materials for illuminating; instruction in layout and design; and steps to follow in order to create 12 alphabet styles. This beautiful book also features a picture gallery of outstanding historical and contemporary illuminated letters, as well as a glossary and index. More than 400 inspiring color illustrations in total.
Author: W. R. Tymms
Publisher: Courier Corporation
Release Date: 2013-02-20
Rare letters and borders that once enhanced medieval bibles and other rare manuscripts are ornamented with exquisite florals, curvilinear motifs interwoven with religious figures, and other exquisite embellishments. More than 350 designs, including 256 letters.
Author: Margaret Morgan
Publisher: A&C Black
Release Date: 2006
Genre: Artists' materials
Illumination - the creation of elaborate, decorated letters and initials - reached its apogee in the monasteries of medieval Europe. Embellished with gold leaf, the illuminated letters of those early scribes seemed to reflect light, as though they were indeed illuminated. This traditional art is now attracting new enthusiasts. Illuminated Letters presents step-by-step instructions for recreating twelve illuminated alphabets, including Celtic, Saxon, Gothic, Romanesque and Modern Revival. Diagrams for upper- and lower-case letters are accompanied by ideas for borders and decorations, and full instructions for gilding. Each section explores ways in which the illuminated letters can be adapted to create a truly personal style, while a gallery of historical and modern examples will inspire further creativity.
During the Middle Ages, kings and nobility frequently commissioned the greatest artists of their day to illustrate-or "illuminate"-their personal prayer books. Intended for private reading and meditation, these so-called "books of hours" were arranged, in keeping with the practice of the Church, so that particular prayers were read at specific times of the day. To our enduring enchantment, the artists who illustrated these books entwined delicate flowers, beautiful fruits, and fanciful creatures with depictions of activities appropriate to each month of the year and with moving illustrations depicting stories from the lives of Jesus, the Virgin Mary, and the saints. Presented here are carefully selected pages from over a dozen precious fourteenth- and fifteenth-century manuscripts-most of which have never been published before-found in some of the world's leading museums and libraries. Arranged and described to guide the viewer's eye, these delightful and colorful illustrations invite readers, young and old, to immerse themselves in the medieval imagination. Also included are a glossary and a short history of the noble personages who commissioned the works and the artists who produced them.
Author: Janice Anderson
Publisher: Todtri Book Pub
Release Date: 1999
Genre: Antiques & Collectibles
Over 100 illustrations. Illuminated manuscripts, particularly those produced in the convents, monasteries, and abbeys of medieval Europe, are among the most beautiful objects in the world. This book, with an authoritative text and over 100 breathtaking full-color illustrations, shows how the art developed, flourished, and gave expression to that great age of faith which was the Middle Ages. The art lover will find much to enjoy in these beautiful and inspiring illustrations. The craftsmanship, brilliant color, and minute attention to detail has never been equaled in Western art.
Author: Patricia Carter
Publisher: Search PressLtd
Release Date: 1991
Patricia Carter has again created a stunning collection of decorative design ideas, this time to illuminate lettering. There are nine complete alphabets offered, including Parchment, Classical Collection and Entwined Roses.
50 great initials of the Middle Ages, all with remarkable, ready-to-color illuminations built into them: Biblical scenes, knights, martyrdoms, grotesque animals, geometrical ornament, scenes of war and play, musicians and much else from the treasury of medieval manuscript.
Author: Courtney Davis
Publisher: David & Charles
Release Date: 2005-03-01
Genre: Crafts & Hobbies
A comprehensive design source book of all types of Celtic illuminated letters by leading exponent of Celtic art, Courtney Davis.The 101 illuminated letters reflects the history of Celtic design from the earliest examples to Courtney Davis's own celebrated modern interpretations. Many of the illuminated letters are from, or inspired by, the famous Celtic manuscripts such as the Lindisfarne Gospels and the Book of Kells.The 101 designs are all hand painted by Courtney Davis and printed in full color. Each is accompanied by a black and white version of the same image on the adjacent page--perfect for scanning or photocopying for use on readers' personal art, design or craft project. The book contains two complete alphabets and the remaining letters are structured so that those most commonly used at the beginning of words are represented with many more examples than the least common letters.The introduction gives a brief history of the Celts and an explanation of the birth and development of their artistic style with particular relation to illuminated letter designs.
Author: Stefan Oliver
Release Date: 1999-01
Genre: Illumination of books and manuscripts
This study places calligraphy into its historical context, and by drawing upon years of experience and expertise, the author gives detailed advice regarding the tools and working practices required to decorate the most stunning illustrated letters. Included are easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions, helpfully illustrated by specially commissioned photography and artwork