Some Greek manuscripts are lavishly illuminated, while others contain simpler decorations in addition to text. Many fine examples of Byzantine art can be found in the British Library's collections.
- Article by:
- Kalliroe Linardou
Byzantine book illumination was at its most ambitious and innovative in the decorated psalters produced between the 9th and 11th centuries. Here, Kalliroe Linardou explains the two main types of illuminated psalters and describes some of their key features.Read more
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