The Adoration of the Magi
"On the right the Virgin in white seated on the ground holding the naked Child on her lap with
The borders in typical Ghent/Bruges style have acanthus scroll in gold and blue and in grey/blue on green with naturalistic details, flowers, a butterfly, a dragonfly and a peacock, and two grotesques, a pig playing the bagpipes and a monkey packman.”
Initial ‘D’ with the Entry into
"Christ, dressed in red with a blue cloak lined in green, rides on the ass into
The initial is in violet with blue and green foliage and is set on a gold ground. A small portion of text with musical staves is visible to the right of the initial.”
Manuscripts 3 and 4
The two Boethius Plates
Miniatures from Boethius, ‘De Consolatione Philosophiae’
"Frontispiece to Book II of the so-called ‘second French prose and verse translation’ of Boethius’. The round-topped miniature has a rich foliage border in which are birds and butterflies. On the left, inside a room, Boethius in a pink robe and red cap is seated listening to the instruction of Philosophy who stands dressed in blue and holding a book and a rod. The walls of the room are painted red with green foliage ornament as if covered with tapestry hangings, and two windows open on to a distant view of a town. To the right, outside, Fortune in red and green turns a wheel on which are four figures, the one enthroned above a King with a crown, a second at the bottom falling down, and the third and fourth at the sides ascending and descending. On the wall of the building which is painted blue is written in gold se jai bien entendu. On the grey pavement below is written in gold O tu home pourquoi te plain to de moi."
"Frontispiece to Book III. Boethius, in the same robe, on the left at the door of the house addressing Philosophy who is accompanied by the female personifications of the Seven Liberal Arts: Grammar in white with open book; Dialectic in blue inscribed on the sleeve Ergo, Ergo; Rhetoric in red writing with a quill; Music in a pink dress and blue surcoat with an open book with musical notation; Geometry in gold holding a set square; Arithmetic in green holding a scroll with numbers, and Astronomy behind pointing up at the moon and stars. On Boethius’ shoulder are the words in gold O souverain confort."
see also blog post on the British Library's exhibition on illuminated manuscripts on:
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I described my visit to the
The subject for the December event was titled “Sensation! Medieval Manuscripts” and billed as an event to “Examine beautiful and intricate illuminated manuscripts, listen to picture descriptions and take inspiration from the manuscripts to create your own printed work on acetate that that can be illuminated from behind.” (http://www.wallacecollection.org/collections/event/3881)