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Illuminated manuscript


The Rothschild Prayerbook

The Rothschild Prayerbook was made c. 1505 and is only three and a half inches thick. Louis Nathaniel von Rothschild owned it but Nazis confiscated the medieval Rothschild Book of Hours immediately after the March 1938 German annexation of Austria from members of the Viennese branch of the Mayer Amschel Rothschild family. Through the efforts of Bettina Looram-Rothschild, the niece and heir of the owner, the government of Austria returned the book and other works of art to her in 1999. It was sold for Ms Looram-Rothschild by Christie's auction house of London on July 8, 1999, for £8,580,000 ($13,400,000), a world auction record price for an illuminated manuscript.

The Connolly Book of Hours

The Connolly Book of Hours, was produced during the fifteenth century and is an excellent example of a manuscript book of hours produced for a non-aristocratic patron. It was the subject of a 1999 volume by Timothy M. Sullivan, et al, that documented and contextualized all the illuminated leaves in the book.


  • An illuminated capital letter P in a Bible of 1407 C.E., Malmesbury Abbey, Wiltshire, England

  • The illuminated letter P in the Malmesbury Bible. The script is blackletter, also known as Gothic script

  • Armenian manuscript of 1053. Work of Johannes.

  • Armenian manuscript of 1337, done by Avag in Sultania / Tabriz.

  • A monk-cellarer tasting wine from a barrel while filling a jug. From Li Livres dou Santé by Aldobrandino of Siena (France, late thirteenth century).

  • The Book of Dimma, an eighth century Irish pocket Gospel Book.

  • Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, in a medieval illuminated manuscript.

  • Jewish Illuminated manuscript of the Haggadah for Passover (fourteenth century).

See also


  1. ↑ The untypical early eleventh century Missal of Silos is from Spain, near to Muslim paper-mills in Al-Andaluz. Textual manuscripts on paper become increasingly common, but the more expensive parchment was mostly used for illuminated manuscripts until the end of the period.


  • Backhouse, Janet. The Illuminated Manuscript. Oxford: Phaidon, 1979. ISBN 0714819697 ISBN 9780714819693
  • Baysunqur, Shahnameh. Persian illuminated manuscript. Sandy Hook, CT: Shorewood Fine Art Reproductions, 1990.
  • Bland, David. A History of Book Illustration; The Illuminated Manuscript and the Printed Book. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1969.
  • Felice, Joe, and Elena Wen. In the Modern Era Fortune Curses Happiness: An Illuminated Manuscript. United States: s.n, 2003.
  • Jovinelly, Joann, and Jason Netelkos. The Crafts and Culture of a Medieval Monastery. New York, NY: Rosen Pub. Group, 2007. ISBN 1404207597 ISBN 9781404207592
  • Robb, David M. The Art of the Illuminated Manuscript. Philadelphia: Philadelphia Art Alliance, 1973. ISBN 0879820012 ISBN 9780879820015
  • Robb, David Metheny. The Art of the Illuminated Manuscript. South Brunswick: Barnes, 1973.
  • University of California, Berkeley, and William Matthewson Milliken. The Illuminated Manuscript. Berkeley, Calif.?: University of California, Berkeley?, 1963.

External links

All links retrieved February 25, 2018.

  • British Library, catalogue of illuminated manuscripts
  • On-line demonstration of the production of an illuminated manuscript from the Fitzwilliam, Cambridge
  • Illuminated Manuscripts Book by John W. Bradley, from Project Gutenberg
  • CORSAIR. Thousands of digital images from the Morgan Library's renowned collection of medieval and Renaissance manuscripts
  • The Saint John's Bible an illuminated Bible project
  • Ellen Frank Illumination Arts Foundation the art of illumination