Miniature

An independent illustration, as opposed to a scene incorporated into another element of the decorative scheme such as a border or initial. It takes its name from the Latin miniare, meaning 'to colour with red' (the adornment of books originally was executed in red, or minium).

[With manuscript art, the term miniature does not refer to the size of the item. Indeed, miniatures can cover an entire page. (mzh)]


Michelle Brown , mzh
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    منمنمة

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    մանրանկարութիւն

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    miniature

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    (ተራኪ) ሥዕል

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    Miniatur

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    miniatura

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Michelle Brown, Understanding Illuminated Manuscripts (Malibu, CA: J. Paul Getty Museum in association with the British Library, c1994).