This was a first visit to the new Medieval & Renaissance galleries at the V & A in London. The picture above is an twelfth century illumination of St Mark writing his gospel. It is done with watercolour on parchment with burnished gold, and if you look closely, you can see St Mark has a bookstand with what looks like barleytwist carving. He has laid out his writing things on his desk, the pen, ink, scraper etc
There was so much to see in the new rooms, it is on three floors. I couldn't take it all in in one visit, which gives me the perfect excuse to go back again. And again. Here is an angel who caught my husband's eye.
And here is a fragment of silk from Byzantium, with a griffin on it.