Hidden Paintings on Books

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It’s not every day you learn something new and fascinating. Daughter Keira, who is studying book binding, introduced me to the fine and meticulous art of “fore-edge painting.” Beginning in the 15th Century, artists began painting miniature scenes on book edges. The paintings can’t be seen when the book is closed normally but only when the pages are fanned. How ingenious is that? Imagine the hours it would take, the precision and the eye strain. Hmmm….not something a Kindle is capable of achieving!

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sue
    Jul 02, 2015 @ 23:47:29

    Wow, those really are incredible! I can’t imagine having the patience to do that kind of detailed work. Really amazing!


  2. geraniumcat
    Jul 03, 2015 @ 01:57:55

    Goodness, aren’t those wonderful! I love the one with the ships!


  3. Sue Johnson
    Jul 03, 2015 @ 07:57:03

    Wow –thank you Keira.

    Interesting. I’d love to see one.



  4. Christina Olds
    Jul 03, 2015 @ 08:36:49

    This is wonderful. It makes me want to look again at some of the really old books I have in storage!


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