Illuminated manuscripts

Handwritten manuscripts that have been decorated with gold or silver, brilliant colors, designs, or miniature pictures. Although prevalent in Islamic and Asian societies, the longest tradition of illuminating manuscripts was in Christian medieval Europe, from the 6th-16th centuries, when the art was superseded by printed illustrations. Generally, the manuscripts were both 'historiated', or decorated with relevant paintings, and 'illuminated' in its original sense, meaning decorated with calligraphic initial capital letters using gold leaf. Over time, the term 'illuminated' came to refer to any illustration or decoration in a manuscript. Illuminated manuscripts played a major role in the development of art, partly because of the manuscript's portability in carrying artistic developments from one region to another.

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Date: 15 Aug 1888 From: Fleming, Charles Alexander (Sir), 1916-1987 : Papers Ref: MSI-Papers-9431 Description: Illuminated address presented to C C Fleming on the occasion of his retirement as superintendent of the Wesleyan Sunday School in Onehunga. It was signed by ...
Crucifixion
Date: 1555 Ref: MSR-07-f055r Description: Leaf from a 16th-century illuminated Book of Hours, originating in Eastern France. Such miniatures are important to scholars studying Christian art and symbo...
Christ nailed to the Cross
Date: 1555 Ref: MSR-07-f071r Description: Leaf from a 16th-century illuminated Book of Hours, originating in Eastern France. Such miniatures are important to scholars studying Christian art and symbo...
Bible (Biblia Sacra Latina)
Date: 1275-1300 By: Ilott, John Moody Albert (Sir), 1884-1973 Ref: MSR-09 Description: Part of a Latin bible, from Genesis to Jeremiah, with the prologues ascribed to St Jerome. Glosses have been added in the margins of many pages. Canon Tables...
Raising of Lazarus
Date: 1555 Ref: MSR-07-f207 Description: Leaf from a 16th-century illuminated Book of Hours, originating in Eastern France. Large miniature painted in tones of red, blues and greens, with contrastin...
Free
Date: 1948-1953 From: New Zealand Shipping Company : Records Ref: fMS-Papers-1148-36 Description: Quantity: 1 folder(s). Physical Description: Mss (photocopy)
[Royal Letters Patent]
Date: 1379 By: Dunbar Sloane Ltd; Simpson, Edward Cyril, 1894-1979 Ref: MSR-27 Description: Quantity: 1 volume(s). Finding Aids: For more information, see detailed record on the National Library Catalogue.
Muhammed Falah, Salih, [al-Kulakhani?] : A collection of stories probably translated into Persian from the Sanskrit or Hindi
Date: nd [most probably between 1750-1800] By: Muhammed Falah, Salih, al-Kulakhani; Rule, Percival Watts, 1889-1953 Ref: MSR-38 Description: `The transcript was made in India not earlier than the 17th century - most probably in the latter half of the 18th century' - G Meredith-Owens, Dept Oriental...
Psalter
Date: 1400-1425 By: Bible Society in New Zealand; Clemas, Albert Edward Thomas Baker, 1880-1956 Ref: MSR-01 Description: Calendar leaf f.1 (Jan) was studied using fluorescent light and the very faint marginal inscription on the right hand side of page, opposite 16 Jan, appears ...
Patron kneels before St Veronica with the Sudarium
Date: 1555 Ref: MSR-07-f230r Description: Leaf from a 16th-century illuminated Book of Hours, originating in Eastern France. Such miniatures are important to scholars studying Christian art and symbo...