Friday, August 24, 2007

Gospels of Gladzor

The Armenian Gospels of Gladzor was produced sometime before 1307 and provides serious challenges for any illuminator.

The page pictured here was inspired by a canon table of this Gospel. I removed the central support column which divided the text area in half, but otherwise the piece is largely unchanged from the original in color and in content.

Each color portion of the page is heavily whiteworked as in the original. The entire page uses gold and 5 colors: red, green, blue, black and white. There is a small portion of grey in the bird that sits atop the golden palm and some pale red detailing in the birds at the top, but otherwise only five colors.

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