illustration, any type of picture or decoration used in conjunction with a text to embellish its appearance or to clarify its meaning. Illustration is as old as writing, with both originating in the pictograph. With the advent of printing, the art of hand-painted illumination declined as a means of book illustration.
Sections in this article:
- Illustration in the East
- History of Book Illustration
- Fiction and Children's Literature
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