The lost art of historical book-craft, illustrated miniatures and typography

Scriptorium was created in 2006, partly from my own studies of French medieval art and partly via direct further development of the online project www.jeanne-darc.info, which was five years under development, and which is today, one of the world’s largest websites with the most intrinsic wealth of information on Jeanne d’Arc.

In my studies and my search for material about the life of Jeanne d’Arc and the times she lived in (1412 – 1431), I got gradually more and more enchanted by the Middle Ages and it’s art. Especially the period 1350 – 1450 fascinated me.

During my years as an illustrator and graphic designer, I have digged deep and long to find out, where my craft originated from, like the making the paper that is used for the illustrations, learning to paint with quill and blending the colours that are used from the ground.

The more I studied the art of book-craft with the sometimes funny and naïve illustrations which has little or no sense of perspective and often crafted with materials which originate directly from the nature surrounding the artist, the more I came to realize that both have been and still are a huge part of my life and my everyday. I am passionate about my artwork.

I have collected a lot of books about the handwritten texts and my analysis of how they were made and I started to experiment with anything within the craft, from guilding to writing with ink and quill.

As a result of this passion I have taught myself and recreated the lost art of historical book-craft, illustrated miniatures and scriptures. Later I discovered that today it is a craft that only very few actually work with or master. I have succeeded in finding like-minded colleagues in Denmark, who are also fascinated by this unique field of work, both painters and writers of historical scripts and together we have formed a guild, where we meet and share ideas and techniques.

English Gothic Text Letters

70,00 $

Original info:
Title: English Gothic Text Letters
Year: Probably 13 or 14th Century
Origin: From Manuscripts

Scriptorium info
Title: Typeface 26
Technique: Hand-painted gouache, watercolor on special processed art paper.
Created: 2018

Italian Letters 14th Century

70,00 $

Original info:
Title: Italian Letters 14th Century
Year: 14th Century
Origin: Probably from a Manuscripts

Scriptorium info
Title: Typeface 28
Technique: Hand-painted gouache, watercolor on special processed art paper.
Created: 2018

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Codex Manesse. ca. 1305-1340

Original info
Title: Große Heidelberger Liederhandschrift
Year: ca. 1305-1340
Origin: Zürich, Germany
Painter: unknown

Scriptorium info
Title: Codex Manesse. Herr Konrad von Altstetten
Technique: Hand-painted gouache, watercolor on special processed art paper.
Reconstruction carried out: 2009-2010

Book of Hours. France. ca. 1400-1450

180,00 $

Original info
Title: Jesus crucifixion scene. Decorated initial. Book of Hours
Year: ca. 1400-1450
Origin: France
Painter: Master of Lucon

Scriptorium info
Title: Jesus crucifixion scene. Decorated initial
Technique: Hand-painted gouache, watercolor on special processed art paper.
Reconstruction carried out: 2009-10