The Art of Illumination
How images are used to support text
The painting on the left was created following
practices common to the Medieval Age.
Egg yolks are mixed with natural powdered
pigments and placed in layers over home-made paper
(using natural plant materials). But it goes much farther
than that. The simple Greek text is made the
more stronger by the images surrounding it. The text in
the manuscripts was supported by these images.
"Blessed are the poor in spirits for
theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven", it reads. The focal
point is the Divine hand that breaks through
the heavy clouds and directs the attention to the a downtrodden
human being. Behind him a path reaches out from the
holy city of God. On the left one can see the Christ
uttering these words to the spellbound crowd.
In the inferior part of the painting you find
the coat of arms of the Count of Lorne, where
the name Lorna is thought to originate from.
As in antiquity, the image or name of the patron or person that
inspired the work is added. Lorna Rodriguez,
a dear friend, inspired and owns this work.