Rose, inspired by 'The Breviary of Queen Isabella of Castile' (Breviary, Use of the Spanish Dominicans), British Library, Additional 18851
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The magical effect of trompe l’oeil

I had been fascinated with scatter borders for quite a long time, but did not dare to replicate any of them until my mother’s birthday last year. I was working on the catalogue of the Royal Exhibition at the time and writing about Henry VII’s copy of the Imagination de vraie noblesse (Royal 19 C. … Continue reading

Illuminator’s blog: The Alphonso Psalter

Knight Killing a Griffin Alphonso Psalter (British Library, Additional 24686)  Margins of gothic manuscripts, especially those produced in England and Flanders, are frequently inhabited by various more or less fantastic creatures and peopled by tiny human and animal figures involved in trades, battles and games. My picture depicting a knight fighting a griffin is inspired … Continue reading


Illuminator’s Blog: The Royal Bestiary

  The Royal Bestiary – my first project –   Bestiaries may appear to a modern reader as somewhat eccentric creations of medieval mind. Full of bizarre stories and descriptions of real and imaginary creatures, the books of beasts were not, however, indented as manuals of natural history. Instead, the nature and habits of animals … Continue reading