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. Collection of Connie and Fred Leistiko