Illuminated Book - (Book) Glossary of Antique Terms I

Illuminated Book - (Book) An illuminated book is a manuscript in which the text is supplemented by the addition of decoration, such as decorated initials, borders called marginalia and miniature illustrations. Originally the definition of the term was applied to an illuminated manuscript decorated with gold or silver, but now, the term is used to refer to any decorated or illustrated manuscript. The earliest surviving illuminated manuscripts are from the period AD 400 to 600 made in Italy. The many of the surviving manuscripts are from the Middle Ages, however some illuminated manuscripts survive from the Renaissance, along with a few from Late Antiquity but most that are collected today are from the 1800s. The majority of these manuscripts are of a religious nature.


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