Book illumination

Book illumination is an art form that deals with the painterly decoration of books. The term "illumination" comes from Latin and means "lighting". With book illumination one wanted to bring "light into the pages", above all by the use of gilding. The almost meditative work of the medieval scribes and their imaginative tendrils with which they framed the written text are also a kind of dream for me. Since 2013 I have been working in her succession as a book painter and still enjoy it as much as I did in the beginning.


Around the middle of the 15th century Johannes Gutenberg invented letterpress printing with movable letters. His largest and most famous work is the 42-line Gutenberg Bible. In the Gutenberg Museum you can admire two of the 49 copies preserved worldwide. The Gutenberg Shop, which belongs to the museum, sells reprints of individual pages of the Gutenberg Bible, which are decorated with classic book illumination next to the printed text as in the original. Instead I provide the pages with painted initials, tendrils and genuine gilding. The pages are available in the Gutenberg-Shop in Mainz or on its website: www.gutenberg-shop.de/gutenberg-bibel