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Capita Selecta for the religious symbols Red and Blue

Capita Selecta for the religious symbols Red and Blue

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Most of the illuminated medieval manuscripts do contain scriptures in alternated red and blue lines, initials or letters. Sometimes gold, purple or green will be applied for extra decorations. Yellow will largely be reserved for a traitor's symbol (e.g. Judas).

This document supplies a table with link to various websites providing hundreds or thousands images for these medieval manuscripts. Copyrighted images however will only be presented as links to the original sites.

From these sites and examples Red and Blue are clearly to be considered as the most important medieval religious symbols. Red is being considered as a male symbol, blue as a female antipode, purple is a divine symbol.
Most of the illuminated medieval manuscripts do contain scriptures in alternated red and blue lines, initials or letters. Sometimes gold, purple or green will be applied for extra decorations. Yellow will largely be reserved for a traitor's symbol (e.g. Judas).

This document supplies a table with link to various websites providing hundreds or thousands images for these medieval manuscripts. Copyrighted images however will only be presented as links to the original sites.

From these sites and examples Red and Blue are clearly to be considered as the most important medieval religious symbols. Red is being considered as a male symbol, blue as a female antipode, purple is a divine symbol.

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Capita Selecta for Red & Blue Images
J.W. Richter Most of the illuminated medieval manuscripts do contain scriptures in alternated red and blue lines,initials or letters. Sometimes gold, purple or green will be applied for extra decorations. Yellow willlargely be reserved for a traitor's symbol (e.g. Judas).This document supplies a table with link to various websites providing hundreds or thousandsimages for these medieval manuscripts. Copyrighted images however will only be presented aslinks to the original sites.From these sites and examples
 Red 
and
 Blue
are clearly to be considered as the most importantmedieval religious symbols.
 Red 
is being considered as a male symbol,
blue
as a female antipode, purple is a divine symbol.The antipodes red & blue even seem to be valid gender-symbols in the year 2010
1
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1This statistical overview of male (coloured red) and female (coloured blue) inhabitants has been published in theDutch version of Wikipedia's entry for my birth town:Eindhoven
 
 Fig. 1: Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry(detail-1413-1489) Fig. 2: statistical overview of  populations
 
Overview of Books of Hours-documents
Most of the illustrations found in the manuscripts at the following sites (or their updated successor-links) have been painted in purple, red, blue and golden.
Book of Hours Exhibition, University of Pennsylvania- Books of Hours in the collection of Lawrence J. Schoenberg. Images and commentary.
Books of Hours and the Transition to Print Culture- An online essay comparing printed books of hours with their manuscript precedents.
Books of Hours in the Koninklijke Bibliotheek, The Hague- A general introduction toBooks of Hours, with links to hundreds of high-quality images from manuscripts in theKoninklijke Bibliotheek.
Books of Hours in the Wellesley College Library- A selection of images from five differentBooks of Hours, with a brief introduction.
Books of Hours: Introduction and Tutorial- Erik Drigsdahl's guide to the scholarly study of Books of Hours.
Depicting Devotion: Illuminated Books of Hours from the Middle Ages- An on-lineexhibition of Books of Hours in the collection of the Department of Special Collections,Washington University Libraries, St. Louis.
A Few Minutes on Books of Hours- A introductory essay by Patrick Haynes.
Franciscan Books of Hours from Italy in the Newberry Library- Scholarly essay on threelate-15th-century Italian Books of Hours, by Paula Hutton.
Hore Beate Marie Virginis - Index to a Selection of Uses- A scholarly index to localvariations in the texts of Books of Hours.
A Hypertext Book of Hours- The complete text for the Use of Rome in Latin and English based on a 16th-century English Primer.
Leaves of Gold: Books of Hours- Images and catalogue entries for nineteen books of hours.Part of an exhibition of illuminated manuscripts from Philadelphia collections.
The Medieval Bestseller - Online version of an exhibition of Books of Hours in the GettyMuseum.
Painted Prayers: Books of Hours from the Morgan Library- Web site of an exhibition at theJ. Paul Getty Museum.
Sacred Image and Illusion in Late Flemish Manuscripts- Scholarly essay on the decorationof late-15th- and early-16th-century Books of Hours from France and Flanders, by RobertCalkins.
The complete text for the Use of Rome in Latin and English based on a 16th-century EnglishPrimer has moved towww.medievalist.net/hourstxt/home.htm 
 
German Book of Hours - 16
th
-17
th
century
→ Source:Book of Hours Exhibition, University of Pennsylvania-Books of Hours in the collection of Lawrence J. Schoenberg. Images and commentary.
Book of Hours (use of Rome)
Germany, late sixteenth or early seventeenth centuryAll persons are wearing purple, red & blue garments
 
 Fig. 3: Book of Hours - Germany, 16 
th
-17 
th
century

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