Saturday, May 5, 2012
Illumination vs. Carpet
Lindisfarne_Gospels This page resembles a carpet--hence the name. It's usually symmetric with elaborate repeating patterns and normally separates one section of a book from the next.
Strictly speaking, an illuminated page refers to those pages with gold or silver such as the bottom illustration from the Aberdeen_Bestiary. Illuminated pages might include text or elaborate capitals. But the primary consideration was the use of precious metals in the illustration.
The Book of Kells is a well known manuscript that includes both carpet pages and illumination. Check the links to enjoy some truly beautiful artwork and just imagine the hours and creativity in these beautiful pages.