Dame Aoife's Illuminating Experience

Dame Aoife shares her collection of links dealing with calligraphy and 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 interested!

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 adware 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 illumination.

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 maniscripts.

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 Cit�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 further.

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 beginners).

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 Messenger."

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