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Illumination of books, driven by sriptoria monastics, was one of the most important art forms until the sixteenth century.

The illuminators were mostly monks who worked in scriptoria monasteries alongside the copyists, the motives usually painted in manuscripts could be biblical scenes or profane subjects, as figures of animals, monsters or simply human characters.

The goal of illuminating manuscripts was to make the surface of the foil nice and appealing to the eye, on the other hand, gave the text a clear structure and a consistent layout, since the effective planning of subdivisions of the text, decoration and illustration served often landmarks in medieval manuscripts that had no pagination or foliation.










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