Above are two images scanned from an old French/Latin missal I have, rescued from a box of used books at a rummage sale a few years back.
The missal is full of incredible images like the above - there's an attribution to a "R. De Cramer" for them. A little searching on the internet didn't reveal too much more, other than that Rene De Cramer was a Belgian artist who died around 1951.
What I really like about these is that they blur the line between design and art, graceful hand-rendered letterforms intermingling with Saints and Angels. There's hardly a page that doesn't have some decorative drop cap or stunning spot illustration.
Hopefully I can try to get some more scans of this. The pages are in rough shape and a previous owner taped a few which are now yellowing pretty badly.
Posted by Abigail at 7:10 PM