Medieval Images - Painting

Medieval Images

“Medieval illuminated miniatures on parchment”

These are traditionally made medieval illuminations from manuscripts, created using medieval techniques. The image is drafted onto vellum (calfskin), and gesso and gold-leaf is applied before being painted. The gesso is home-made from a medieval recipe, and the gold-leaf attached as it would have been in a medieval scriptorium or workshop. They are called miniatures from the Latin word ‘minium’, which is the colour of the red paint used to draft the image.

I create images from medieval bestiaries, including owls, cats, turtledoves and phoenixes. I also create decorated zoomorphic initials. All are based on original images from medieval manuscripts dating from the 12th/13th century.


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Medieval Images

Brentwood, Essex