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The Grammar of Ornament - Owen Jones
#501 Vol. 1 Ornament of Savage Tribes
#502 Vol. 2 Egyptian Ornament
#503 Vol. 3 Assyrian and Persian Ornament
#504 Vol. 4 - Greek Ornament
#505 Vol. 5 - Pompeian Ornament
#506 Vol. 6 - Byzantine Ornament
#507 Vol. 7 Arabian Ornament
#508 Vol. 8 Turkish Ornament
#509 Vol. 9 Moresque Ornament
#510 Vol. 10 Persian Ornament
#511 Vol. 11 Indian Ornament
#512 Vol. 12 Hindoo Ornament
#513 Vol. 13 Chinese Ornament
#514 Vol. 14 Medieval Ornament
#515 Vol. 15 Celtic Ornament
#516 Vol. 16 Renaissance Ornament
#517 Vol. 17 Elizabethan Ornament
#518 Vol. 18 Italian Ornament
All the Volumes in one page

The Illuminated Manuscripts Collection
#401 Vol. 1 Medieval & Renaissance
#402 Vol. 2 Medieval & Renaissance
#403 Vol. 3 Medieval & Renaissance
#404 Vol. 4 Medieval & Gothic
#405 Vol. 5 Frontispieces Collection
#414 Vol. 6 High Renaissance Borders
#415 Vol. 7 Renaissance Initials
#416 Vol. 8 The Roman Manuscript
All the Volumes in one page

The Celtic Manuscripts Collection
#406 Vol. 1 Capital Letters
#407 Vol. 2 Borders & carpet pages
#408 Vol. 3 People, animalia & punctuation
#409 Vol. 4 From many manuscripts NEW
All the Volumes in one page

L'Ornement Polychrome
Auguste Racinet
#423 Vol. 1 Medieval Ornament
#424 Vol. 2 Stained Glass
#425 Vol. - Renaissance and 17th Century
#426 Vol. 4 18th Century Ornament
All the Volumes in one page

The Owen Jones Collection
#410 Vol. 1 Ancient Spanish Ballads
#411 Vol. 2 Paradise and the Peri
#420 Vol. 3 Gray's Elegy
#421 Vol. 4 Joseph and His Brethren
All the Volumes in one page

Special Collections
#417 Antonius Collection, Music Scores Pages
#418 William Morris, The Kelmscott Chaucer
#419 Walter Crane, The Faerie Queene
#422 Aubrey Beardsley, Le Morte D'arthur

Borders for Word
#413 Vol. 1 Borders for Word Documents
#412 Vol. 2 Gems from the Poets

Reference Pages
Renaissance Invitations
Walter Crane Page
The Faerie Queene
William Morris and The Kelmscott Press
The Arts & Crafts Movement
Renaissance lettering & borders
Resources for Calligraphers
Aubrey Beardsley & LE MORTE DARTUR
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The Illuminated Manuscripts Project


The Grammar of Ornament - Vol. 6
Owen Jones
Byzantine Ornament
Plates 28, 29a, 29b, 30.

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Byzantine Ornament
Based on the images of the plates 28, 29a, 29b and 30 of the Chapter 7 of the Grammar of Ornament. This volume is dedicated to the Byzantine Ornament, a comprehensive collection of vector graphics based on sculptured and painted patterns as well as repeating floor patterns.
The images from the original plates are drawn from a varied selection of sources: Sta. Sophia in Constantinople, the Basilica of the Nativity in Bethlehem, St. Mark in Venice, the basilica of Monreale in Sicily, the Duomo of Ravello, the Duomo of Trany, St Denis near Paris, Saint'Ambrogio in Milan, San Vitale in Ravenna and many other buildings.
Other source were also images from Illuminated Greek Manuscripts from the British Museum, the Acts of the Apostles Greek manuscripts from the Vatican Library and other valuable ancient manuscripts.
For this Chapter Owen Jones borrowed most of the source material (if not all) from well known publications of the time, like: Willemin’s Monuments Français Inédits, various publications from Digby Wyatt including Mosaics of the Middle Age, Hessemer’s Arabische und alt Italianische Bau Verzierungen, and from many others. However, as mentioned above, this chapter offer a wide and versatile collection of Byzantine decorative motifs and elements.

Our vector graphics have been hand-drawn with the correct geometric construction and are perfectly tileable as tiles, linear borders and page borders, dividers and decorative elements. For all the patterns of which the design permitted, we have created the corners tiles.

The Grammar of Ornament
Owen Jones first published this monument of design reference in 1856, in installments for subscribers. Since then have been many editions in many languages including modern reprints.
This beautiful and highly influential publication, illustrated with examples of historical styles of ornament is a classic in its field and still regarded with respect and consulted today. The choice of color used in the book was considered as important and influential as the designs.
The drawing in the plates are based on the massive collection of design patterns gathered by Owen Jones in his travels around the world and from collections residing in British Museums including the South Kensington Museum (now the Victoria and Albert Museum).

The making of the vector graphics for the Grammar of Ornament
At first view the making of the graphics from The Grammar of Ornament may be considered quite a simple task, lengthy and tedious, but simple. A more accurate look at the original graphics from the book shows that they are merely freehand drawings without any accurate geometrical construction and often tricks of the brush were used to make the ends meet and the pattern look correct while it was not. To create the tiles and the corners of each drawing and each repeating pattern we had first to build the geometry and sometime we had to modify the proportions of the patterns to make them real and possible. Corners were inexistent and have been created for almost all the repeating linear patterns; the design of some linear pattern did not permit the creation of the corner. The EPS version of the graphics preserves in each file our original grouping of the elements, which facilitate the change of colors and/or the extraction of individual elements. All colors have been created as process colors and defined as global.

Vector Graphics
The graphic images that comprise this package are superior re-creations of the Chromolithography images from the plates of The Grammar of Ornament. Each decorative image and element has been meticulously hand-drawn by AlfredoM in vector format.
Many advanced designers will find our vector file versions with the following desirable feature preserved: original hierarchies and groupings to facilitate modifications and enable the extraction of unique elements. Though resolution-independent vector formats insure high-quality reproduction at any size and allow complete latitude for pre-production modifications, our CD collections also include common pixel-based file formats of each graphic and a vector format supported by Office applications for desktop publication.

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What is in the CDs

The Volumes of the GRAMMAR OF ORNAMENT contain vector graphics based on the Owen Jones’ decorative designs collected in his book by the same name, the collection includes borders, dividers, corners, side tiles in various sizes and variations, repeating tiles large and small, decorative elements, etc.

The variety of images available can be evaluated in the “View all the graphics included in this CD collection” link in this page. Because of the large amount of graphic files available in each CD, only one image per design is visible in the catalog, but beside each image there is a list of all the elements included for that specific design and their file name.

This specific Volume includes 335 graphic files in the EPS format.

Every CD Collection includes files in three file formats:
EPS Version 8
TIFF at 600dpi

Also included are folders titled "Parchemin" (photographic reproductions of parchemins for background use) and "Books Backgrounds" (photographic reproduction of covers and pages of antique books); images that may be used as backgrounds.

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3 CPU License included
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Files Formats:
TIFF 600dpi