DescriptionThe dimensions of the border rectangle are found by extending root 2 and phi (the golden mean) from a series of nested squares. The innermost of these squares gives the width of the central, vertical division between the two columns of text. The birds in the border are symbolic of Christ in creation. Phi and root 2 are symbolic of Christ and the transformation of matter respectively.This verse is laid out according to Medieval convention. It uses a style of text called insular half uncial, which derived from the Roman uncial. You will note that there is no punctuation. Prior to modern rules of punctuation, the sense of the text was clarified by a system of decorated capitals and blank spaces. There is a hierarchy of capitals, of decreasing size and decorative order. The largest, most decorative, capitals normally introduce important sections or new chapters. The lower order capitals mark the beginning of a new sentence, important name, or similar. The end of a sentence is frequently indicated by leaving the remainder of the line blank.In addition to this, the highly decorated opening letters serve the purpose of remembering and celebrating that Jesus Christ is the Word (Logos). In Him, the word of God was made manifest to man:“ and the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth.”Gospel of St. John, 1: 14
Diane George, Carmarthenshire Member Since September 2011 Artist Statement Diane George is a visual artist, of mixed English, Irish, Hungarian and Flemish heritage, living and working in South West Wales, UK. She specialises in Sacred and Traditional art, inspired by early Medieval manuscript illumination, pre and post Christian Celtic art and Indo-European art. Diane studied at The Prince's School of Traditional Arts and was awarded a Masters Degree in 2004 from the University of Wales. Her final degree show was attended by HRH The Prince of Wales. Her work includes the first illuminated manuscript of The Gospel of Thomas to be made in modern times. This manuscript is on display at St David's Cathedral library, Wales. Diane's work has been exhibited at a number of museums, cathedrals, galleries and stately homes throughout the UK, including the Alberto Vilar Gallery in London. Diane lives in Carmarthenshire with her other half, Peter,and their two dogs (Billy and Muttley).