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Pages of Gold
October 30, 2003 through January 2, 2004


Illuminated Manuscripts
From the Middle Ages

 
Pages of Gold features illuminated manuscripts from three local collectors in the Flathead Valley, and works from the collection of Boyd Mackus.

Illuminated manuscripts are hand-produced books that include drawn, painted, and gilded decoration on pages made of vellum. 

Vellum is a specially prepared and polished animal skin produced in the middle ages. 

The simplest manuscripts are adorned with calligraphic pen work dividing one paragraph of text from another. 

More lavish examples are embellished with historiated initials that are enlarged, and colorful letters that contain tiny representations of figures or biblical scenes.

Flemish Scribe; A single leaf from a Prayer book in Latin; Flanders, 1st quarter of 15th c.
Flemish Scribe; A single leaf from a Prayer book in Latin; Flanders, 1st quarter of 15th c. Collection of Connie and Fred Leistiko


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