Elevating the Written Word to Art
Egyptian Papyrus -Before the Written Word.
From Papyrus to Parchment and Vellum
In the later Middle Ages, the use of animal skins was largely replaced by paper. New techniques in paper milling allowed it to be much cheaper and more abundant than parchment. With the advent of printing in the later fifteenth century, the demands of printers far exceeded the supply of vellum and parchment.
Bute Book of Hours, original page
Tempera colors and gold leaf on parchment
6 11/16 x 4 11/16 in.