Left page of Alexander discovering the Water of Life in the Land of Darkness, with the prophets Khidr and Ilyas - LACMA, M.73.5.590
"One thousand years ago, a woman in a convent in northern Germany licked
her paintbrush to draw the bristles into a fine point, and some of the
pigment sealed into the plaque on her teeth. Now, archaeologists have
discovered that the color came from lapis lazuli, a blue stone from half
a world away. The finding suggests this anonymous middle-aged woman was
likely a skilled painter tasked with creating high-quality illuminated
manuscripts of religious texts—the first time a medieval artist has been
identified from their skeleton alone, and further evidence that women
copied and painted books in medieval Europe."
WHAT IS THIS?
The 21st century graphic novel retelling of the Alexander Romance, a
account about the life,
deeds and legends of Alexander the Great.