Between Folds / Illuminated Ornaments

Illuminated Ornaments selected from manuscripts of the Middle Ages by H. Shaw and Sir F. Madden. William Pickering; London 1833.
118 x 74 cm
2012

As the first letter of a Medieval manuscript was embellished, ornamented in colour and design as a tribute to the text that would follow, Francisca celebrates text by amassing ornaments to the line of the letter ‘I’. Set by colour, they are the distinctive and emboldened hues of the Middle Ages. Rich and regal cobalt blue; golden yellow of crowns and kingdom; rich alpine green of forbidden forests; and rosebud red, ripened with love and war. All glow with the promise of tales and fables. Text bows before them in inverted folds, bare against the Celtic knots and twists; the leaves and flowers that pay homage to God’s green land and the jousting Knight in gleaming silver armour.