(Esther, Ruth, Song of Songs, Ecclesiastes, and Lamentations)
One of the few traditional Jewish artforms, micrography, a sub-branch of calligraphy, arose in the middle east in about the 9th or 10th century, and was particularly used in biblical works. As suggested by the name, micrography employs tiny lettering which is distributed as a pattern to provide shadowing or embellish artwork or form artistic motifs themselves, as with the deer above.
- The Jewish Theological Seminary have an online exhibit on micrography.
- Yale University Library feature some illuminated Jewish manuscripts.
- The Library of Congress Jewish Virtual Library page.
Of course, the practice has crossed cultures and there are a number of examples at Almaleh, including this portrait of Queen Victoria which is made up of 170,000 words describing her life.
This post derives circuitously via the eclectic Carnet de Zénon.