Illuminated art refers to the adornment of written or printed text or design with graphics, colors, gold, or silver. The original form of the verb "to illuminate" was "enlumine" and medieval craftsmen who practiced the art were called "enlumineurs."

We have illuminated manuscripts from before the Christian era, for example, the ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead and the Greek Iliad.

   On this page is the work of Guvart des Moulins in his Bible Historiale - 1402 - From the Life of Solomon.

In the modern era, the illuminated manuscripts of William Blake stand out as the creative orchestration of text and imagery.