The details: Illumination

The Last Gospel illumination

Delicate paintings of insects and flowers illuminate the Last Gospel passage from the Gospel of John, in this fifteenth- or sixteenth-century manuscript. I would just as readily expect these drawings in a contemporaneous book of science, with the different parts of bug or bloom carefully labeled.

Reflection off the body and translucent wings:

The Last Gospel illumination, detail
Antennae and fringed petals:

The Last Gospel illumination, detail

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Because the details can make the difference between “What?” and “Wow!”

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