Vlaamse miniaturen - a beautiful exhibition.
Below, on the right you can see a painting from a book where the artist draws how he presents the book is to another person (the son of someone I have forgotten). It is a beautiful painting and the clothes of the receiver are amazing beautifully and so much detail. Another thing that makes these small paintings so special is that they are painted on perkament and lots of gold was used giving a very special and shiny effect.
Not all paintings were that pleasant as the next one shows. Here Medea kills king Jason's son but splitting the boy into two. I guess she was not such an enjoyable woman at a dinner party.
And some paintings showed live as it was lived by ordinary people in those days. I love the clothes worn in that period.
The final two paintings I describe show the paintings as part of the whole page of the book, so you have an idea how it lookes like. Some books were A4-format, while other were A5 (thus smaller). And so much decoration. The picture on the left shows the symbolic fight between the various classes: religious people fighting amongst each other, rulers against rulers and ordinary people with each other. Indeed, life can be a battle. The picture on the right shows the annunciation to the shepherds. And around both main paintings was more decoration. And often the books were shining because of the old.