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In due course, they were followed by Medieval Christian artworks such as Carolingan and Byzantine illuminated manuscripts.
Influenced by early illustrated texts from the Coptic Christians of Egypt, these illuminated manuscripts went on to influence Islamic art in the form of painted Persian manuscripts and calligraphic artworks.
The more accomplished of them might be permitted to paint basic designs, or to lay gold leaf.
After some years of performing these low-level tasks, he would be assigned the responsibility of designing a page on his own.
Most were written and ilustrated by anonymous medieval artists.
One of the most famous forms of Medieval art, Irish illustrated manuscripts like the Book of Durrow (c.650-680) and the Book of Kells (c.800), were some of the first decorated Christian gospel texts, dating from the early seventh century CE.
The amount of metalwork, in the form of clasps, attachments and other adornments also varied. Lindisfarne Gospels) were adorned with gold and silver - even gems.
Because of their religious significance as well as their precious metalwork, many of these books were extremely valuable and great efforts were made by the monks to preserve them from pillage. The more important books, all produced in Irish or Anglo-Irish monasteries, contained the Gospels or other holy scripture from the Bible, all written in Latin.Thus one manuscript might be worked on simultaneously by a group of monks, all under the supervision of a chief scribe.Novice monks typically did the mundane tasks of preparing the skins, making the goose quill pens, and mixing pigments for the artist-monks.There is also considerable variation in the colours used both for the text and the illustrations.Some books were bound in leather, others in wood and leather.Viking raids and freezing temperatures turned the making of these Celtic Christian artworks into an arduous, sometimes dangerous activity.Religious art of this type was decorated to varying degrees and in varying styles, and displays a wide variety of colour combinations.Moreover, the artist monks who worked on them displayed varying levels of skill or familiarity with traditional Celtic art as well as Continental and Byzantine art.In general, Celtic artists were less comfortable creating representational art than they were with more abstract art.Historiated letters, Celtic crosses, trumpet ornaments, rhombuses, pictures of birds and animals, were all used.Sometimes whole pages would contain nothing but illustrations.