The Black Hours
Just when you think you’ve seen everything! That’s how I felt when first running across these beautiful manuscripts. Set on vellum dyed black, the illumination is almost visually over the top. Using both gold and silver for the text and filigree; and the vibrant blue and green colors glowing in the background almost gives me the impression that there is a cord plugged in behind the manuscript and a light being filtered through the pages.
The scene above is a depiction of the descent of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost and below is the Crucifixion. Both are great examples of such manuscripts which are very rare. The Black Hours, which these pictures are taken from, was produced in Bruges in 1475 by Willem Vrelant.