Erik Nitsche: Flowers - Manuscript Illuminations
Artist: Erik Nitsche
Amid a life of prayer, fasting and hard work, the monks of the Middle Ages found time to leave a magnificent artistic legacy for the entire world. Their artform, illumination, allowed the monks to transform simple, hand-copied pages into a treasure of artistry which has been handed down for generations. First came the artistic flourishes to the first letter in a paragraph. Marginal drawings explaining the Holy Scriptures followed and finally the artistic genius of the age burst forth in fantastic marginal landscapes, scrolling, vines, geometric shapes ... all embellished with gold and silver.
This painting was originally published on the Fleetwood® First Day Combination Cover for the Germany Medieval Manuscript Illumination stamps issued October 15, 1985.
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