Illuminated manuscript handwritten book that has been decorated with gold or silver brilliant colours or elaborate designs or miniature picturesthough various islamic societies also practiced this art europe had the longest and probably the most highly developed tradition of illuminating manuscripts. One magnificent manuscript in the gettys collection is the gualenghi deste hours seen abovethough sumptuously decorated with incredible detail the book is only about four inches tall. An illuminated manuscript is a manuscript in which the text is supplemented by the addition of decoration such as decorated initials borders and miniature illustrations in the strictest definition of the term an illuminated manuscript only refers to manuscripts decorated with gold or silverhowever in both common usage and modern scholarship the term is now used to refer to any decorated . What is an illunimated manuscript illuminated manuscripts are hand written books with painted decoration that generally includes precious metals such as gold or silver the pages were made from animal skin commonly calf sheep or goat illuminated manuscripts were produced between 1100 and 1600
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