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A primer of the art of illumination for the use of by Freeman Gage Delamotte

By Freeman Gage Delamotte

Искусство иллюминирования манускриптов. Трактат об искусстве. Практическое пособие для начинающих с примерами буквиц и иницалов из средневековых рукописей.

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The white should come just outside it, and between it and the background. A large initial or surface of heavy colour may be very easily lightened by the introduction of a powdering of minute gold dots. These may be produced by laying on the dots, first of all, with either Chinese white, or with an article sold in the artists' colour shops, called the gold when medium ; and in The effect will be that dry, with shell gold. will in stand out relief from the on which they strong ground they are laid, and will produce a very rich effect.

The exquisite miniatures manuscripts, five, and elaborate ornamentation of numbers of Oriental more centuries old, retain all their original seven, and six, beauty and gorgeousness and the medieval office books, and other MSS. of ; England, France, and Italy, especially those of the i4th century, are at this day as much marvels of brilliant colouring as the stained glass windows of To the same periods. not so employed is to exercise judgment the beginner, of course, the character of the colours important, in selection, as to more forward even from the out of ten a cake of colour will last for years.

JJJtfttiltt. HE following Extract from a Letter to the Editor, gives a general and comprehensive view of illumination " I think is concerned all the old service books, as far as : where and when the Missal came into use as an altar book, the Breviary was compiled as a Morning, Day and Evening Service-book, for use in the Quire, as well as for the private recitation of the several offices. The Gradual was to the Missal what the Antiphonary was to the Breviary. think the main books of private devotion were the Horse B.

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