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tradition of illuminating manuscripts was in Christian medieval Europe, from the 6th-16th centuries, when the art was superseded by printed illustrations.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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Book of Hours [fragment]
Date: 1450-1500 Ref: MSRF-08 Description: Leaf is from the Calendar of a Book of Hours, for the month of August. Executed in France in the second half of the 15th century. Physical Description: Vel...
Date: 8 Mar 1926 By: Ryan, Thomas, 1865-1942 Ref: MSI-Papers-11104 Description: Illuminated address presented to Senior Sergeant Thomas Ryan, New Zealand Police, by well wishers of the Westport District on the occasion of his transferrin...
Psalter
Date: [ca 1275-1300] By: Church of the Province of New Zealand. Diocese of Wellington Ref: MSR-26 Description: (lacks opening leaf of Calendar, initial leaves of psalter, and final leaves of the Office for the Dead).ff.1-5v Calendar; ff.6-118v psalms (beginning abrupt...
Date: 1275 - 1300 By: Bible Society in New Zealand Ref: MSR-04 Description: Source of title - Supplied title Quantity: 1 volume(s). Physical Description: Vellum, 541 leaves, bound; 159 x 105 mm. Finding Aids: Manion, M.M. Medieval...
Meeting of Joachim and Anna
Date: 1555 From: Book of Hours (Horae) - Use of Besancon Ref: MSR-07-f130r 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...
Man and woman at prayer before a vision of the risen Christ
Date: 1555 From: Book of Hours (Horae) - Use of Besancon Ref: MSR-07-f022r 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...
Date: 1890 From: Crosado, Douglas A, 1921-1994 : Papers Ref: MSI-Papers-5369 Description: Certificate notifying that Mr F Tichener has been installed as member of the Otago Branch of the Amalgamated Society of Railway Servants Quantity: 1 folder(...
Arma Christi
Date: 1555 From: Book of Hours (Horae) - Use of Besancon Ref: MSR-07-f045v 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...
David at prayer
Date: [ca 1460] From: Book of Hours (Horae) Ref: MSR-02-f108r Description: Leaf from a 15th century illuminated Book of Hours, originating in Eastern France. Border: confronting cocks, man with Scorpio sign, man threshing Quantity:...
Eutropius, Flavius fl 364-378 : De Gestes Romanorum
Date: 1450-1500 By: Eutropius, Flavius, active 364-378; Brown, Frank R, active 1949 Ref: MSR-08 Description: Eutropius' history of Rome, written in the late 4th century, was expanded in the 8th century by Paul the Deacon (ca.720-799) who inserted extra material from...
St Michael fighting a devil over corpses
Date: [ca 1460] From: Book of Hours (Horae) Ref: MSR-02-f128v Description: Leaf from a 15th century illuminated Book of Hours, originating in Eastern France. Quantity: 1 leaf. Physical Description: Ms on vellum, 184 x 133mm
Gospel of St Matthew
Date: 1125-1175 By: Bible Society in New Zealand; Clemas, Albert Edward Thomas Baker, 1880-1956 Ref: MSR-15 Description: This is the Glossa Ordinaria on St Matthew's Gospel, assembled by Ralph of Laon. The Gloss here occurs only on the twelfth-century leaves, Matthew 4:17 to 17...
Date: 1886 By: Fox, William, 1812-1893; Wilkie, John Campbell, 1899-1977 Ref: qMS-0804 Description: Signed by A Milne, R Wilson, R R Simpson, J N Marshall and J T Dalrymple Source of title - Supplied Quantity: 1 volume(s) (4 leaves). 0.01 Linear Metres. ...
Calendar leaf
Date: [ca 14--] From: Psalter Ref: MSR-01-f001r Description: Calendar leaf from a 15th century psalter, originating in England (possibly London) Quantity: 1 leaf.
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St John on Patmos
Date: [ca 1460] From: Book of Hours (Horae) Ref: MSR-02-f001r Description: Leaf from a 15th century illuminated Book of Hours, originating in Eastern France. Border: grotesques, man playing drum, two men dancing Quantity: 1 leaf. ...
Choirbook [fragment]
Date: 1400-1499 From: Rule, Percy Watts, 1889-1953 : Papers Ref: MSRF-06-1 Description: Large illuminated initial, 'E', in foliate design in colours on burnished gold ground, laid down. Executed in Italy in the 15th century. Quantity: 1. Phys...
Decorated initial "B", and border (Beatus vir)
Date: [ca 14--] From: Psalter Ref: MSR-01-f007r Description: Leaf from a 15th century psalter, originating in England (possibly London). Quantity: 1 leaf. Physical Description: Ms on vellum
Date: Dec 1891 From: Iorns, Bennett, 1883-1977 : Wairarapa research papers Ref: MSI-Papers-2510-2/10 Description: Signed by 183 inhabitants of Masterton Quantity: 1 folder(s). Physical Description: Holograph with decoration Finding Aids: See inventory for description ...
Visitation
Date: [ca 1460] From: Book of Hours (Horae) Ref: MSR-02-f041v Description: Leaf from a 15th century illuminated Book of Hours, originating in Eastern France. Quantity: 1 leaf. Physical Description: Ms on vellum, 184 x 133mm
Date: 10 May 1944 By: Paterson family Ref: MSZ-1349 Description: Illuminated address presented to Dr Hugh and Mrs Mary Kay Paterson from the mayor and Pahiatua Borough Council prior to their from Pahiatua; both had served ...