Illumination is a pictural technique born of the Middle Ages. Its development is linked up to the history of the book which imposed its seal on it. Painted on parchment, subjects it presents often are decorated with gold or silver [> Illuminated manuscript].
The steps of the creation of an illuminated painting...
Hortus Conclusus (The Garden enclosed) and "The last Supper" put aside, Illuminations and Tarot decks you can discover below, do not exist in the Museums and national archives as they are shown here...
In addition to the pictures whose Pierrick PINOT is the author, however made in a style rather near to that of theirs medieval companions (it is the case for the "Château de Vitré", "l'Amour fou"...), these Illuminations are carried out from drawings and especially Middle Age woodcuts...
Thus, his work consists in celebrating and carrying them to your eyes by adorning them with colors, gold and silver, by decorating them of delicate friezes, sometimes while restoring (as accurately as possible !) their feature somewhat deteriorated over the centuries !
So, if inspired Artists, Masters of Stroke, yesterday rightly qualified as Illuminators, devoted their life to "enlighten" a Thought which, without them, would have remained concealed in the shade, Pierrick today contents himself , in raptures, with "esmailler" their erudite pictures, i.e. "with painting them in colors", hoping not to go against them, knowing they are true food for the heart for who tries hard to contemplate them and taste their substantific marrow !