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Saturday, January 18, 2014

Reflection on Lisbon Hebrew Bible and C.R.A.P. Elements



My first impression was that the manuscript was beautifully written and illustrated with a form that is as relevant today as it was then.  The Lisbon Bible demonstrates many C.R.A.P. elements of design.  It was interesting to see such scholar’s work from so long ago demonstrate the same elements of design we use today.  I enjoyed the audio notes which explained so of the foreign writing that I did not understand.  For instance, the text is framed in two concentric frames on one of the pages and similar frames are on the page before it.  Also, a centered six-petal flower surrounded by concentric circles is an element of repetition and alignment.  The text is gold and provides written lists which show left alignment and proximity because the information is located similar information.  The frames are a stark contrast to the gold writing.  All four elements are shown.  The authors helped us understand the importance of the documents by the intensive amount of art on the page and the gold writing which took painstaking work to create.

http://www.bl.uk/collections/treasures/lisbon/lisbon_broadband.htm?middle

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