Published on September 18, 2011 11:57 AM
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By Angela Lucas
GOLD... This precious metal fascinated medieval society. It represented spiritual, transcendental light, and expressed divine intelligence. The medieval love of gold is exemplified during the Byzantine period, when the establishment of the Church inspired resplendent domes, mosaics, icons, and architecture—each brushed with the light of God. Illuminated manuscripts echoed these achievements in miniature, capturing minute reflections of medieval life and devotion. Gold became an intrinsic element of the illuminated page, and borders, initials, backgrounds, and letters provided many opportunities for spiritual expression.
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