The miniature of the saint is believed to have been produced by a Greek artist, being very Byzantine in appearance with its upright, solid form, stiff and formal drapery, and direct full frontal pose with large eyes. The plaitwork pattern along the sides is reminiscent of the designs on mosaic floors. Such images were not only sacred icons within the text, they were place markers and memory joggers for locating and reading the text. Now that we can see her in living colour we can see that she has been rendered, not in the usual sinner's red, but in beautiful Virginal blue. Interesting.
Melissande Psalter (British Library, Egerton 1139, f.210), early 12th century. Images by permission of the British Library. These images have been made available by the British Library under a Creative Commons licence.

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