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
are clearly to be considered as the most importantmedieval religious symbols.
is being considered as a male symbol,
as a female antipode, purple is a divine symbol.The antipodes red & blue even seem to be valid gender-symbols in the year 2010
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