Saturday, November 20, 2010

Ancient Books

This is a depiction of the Trojan war.
We went to the Art Museum on Saturday.  We looked around for about 2 hours.  The kids  loved seeing the Egyptian sarcophagi (my husband said the plural was sarcophaguses but I looked it up). I enjoyed everything but I was entranced by the illuminated books.  This one, from France, was done in 1470 AD.   The gold leafing, vibrant colors, and intricate patterns were astounding.   How many hours were spent creating this single page?  I imagined holding it and running my fingers across the beautiful Latin words. The words themselves were foreign to me. I wondered how many hands had held this treasure and what stories could be told of its own history?


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