Presentation miniature

A miniature depicting the presentation of a book to its patron or donor. Strictly speaking, the presentation miniature appears only in the presentation copy of a text, but such images frequently entered into the decorative program and would be included in subsequent copies (in which case the term dedication miniature is preferable). Although encountered earlier, presentation miniatures became popular during the fifteenth century.


Michelle Brown

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