illumination, in art, decoration of manuscripts and books with colored, gilded pictures, often referred to as miniatures (see miniature painting); historiated and decorated initials; and ornamental border designs.
Sections in this article:
- The Golden Age of Illumination
- Illumination in the Middle East and India
- Early Illumination
- Illumination in Early Christendom
The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2012, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.
See more Encyclopedia articles on: Art: General