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BreviariumVellum leaf from an illuminated Medieval Manuscript
France; Middle 14th Century
Latin Text; Angular Gothic Script
18 by 12 cm
In the middle of the 14th century many of the manuscripts show influences from other countries. Illuminators, scribes, and other craftsmen traveled from city to city and even from country to country. While the script of this leaf is almost certainly French, the initial letters and filigree decoration might easily be of Italian workmanship, and the greenish tone of the ink suggests English manufacture. The dorsal motif in the bar ornament is again decidedly French, and the lemon tone of the gold is a third indication of French origin. In England, the burnished gold elements are generally of an orange tint, due to the presence of an alloy; in Italy, they are a rosy color because the underlying gesso or plaster base was mixed with a red pigment.
Keywords: 1300s, Breviary, decoration, France, formal, gothic, initials, script
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