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  • 1. lluminations In the Middle Ages all books were hand-written original works of art. These “illuminated” manuscripts were so called because of their frequent incorporation of gold or sometimes silver leaf onto the page. Illumination comes from the Latin word illuminare, meaning “light up,” and when one sees one of these brilliant manuscripts in person, the term makes sense.
  • 2. • In making an illumination, the artist first made an outline drawing with leadpoint or quill and ink. • Next, he or she painted the areas to receive gold leaf with a sticky substance such as red clay or sap. • The gold leaf was then laid down and burnished, or rubbed, to create a shiny surface. • Finally, the illuminator applied paints that were made from a wide variety of coloring agents: ground minerals, organic dyes extracted from plants, and chemically produced colorants.
  • 3. The Divine Comedy
  • 4. The Book of Kells
  • 5. The Bible
  • 6. The Shahnameh
  • 7. The Shahnameh