Miniature

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In the back of Jan van Eyck's Arnolfini Portrait a miniature reflection of the scene is painted, and, surrounding it, even smaller miniatures of Christ

Miniature is a noun which could mean: a greatly diminished size or form; a reduced scale, a small version of something; a model of reduced scale; a small, highly detailed painting; a portrait miniature; the art of painting such highly detailed miniature works; an illustration in an illuminated manuscript; a musical composition which is short in duration; a token in a game (gaming) representing a unit or character; lettering in red; rubric distinction; and a particular feature or trait. Its derived terms are miniaturist and miniaturism.


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Mughal painting is a particular style of South Asian painting, generally confined to miniatures either as book illustrations or as single works to be kept in albums, which emerged from Persian miniature painting,... -Sana Mahmoud Abbasi.
The Air Force has it far worse than the Navy in terms of existential fears, primarily due to the rapid rise and unbelievable dissemination of drones,... -Thomas P.M. Barnett.
  • In the seventeenth century, it was held by some that inside a human sperm there was a minute human being - a [[w:Homunculus|homunculus - that was planted inside the womb. Development consisted of the miniature homunculus enlarging and passing through birth and on to maturity-just like inflating a balloon.
In the Seljuk period, figurative themes of Turco-Mongol character are some what apparent in all the minor arts in both Iran and Iraq. The true Persian miniature, however, which is indisputably the most perfect figurative art on the soil of Islam,... - Titus Burckhard.
  • Their study [Soliloquy] is particularly fruitful in enabling us to grasp something of the distinctive quality of Shakespeare's craftsmanship, being in-miniature reflections of his art of language and characterization, and his skill of dovetailing in the construction.
The story of miniature railways began with the construction of large model locomotives. Some were built to publicize the work of manufacturers of full-size equipment. Others were built by skilled machinists for their own amusement.... - Michael Croft.
This year [1930], when we all needed something to take our minds off our troubles, miniature golf did it . . . . If we cannot find bread, we are satisfied with the circus. - Elmer Davis.
  • Remembering that man is indeed the microcosm, the universe in miniature, the Divine Dance of the future should be able to convey with its slightest gestures some significance of the universe.
  • ONCE when the snow of the year was beginning to fall,
    We stopped by a mountain pasture to say, “Whose colt?”
    A little Morgan had one forefoot on the wall,
    The other curled at his breast. He dipped his head
    And snorted to us. And then we saw him bolt.
    We heard the miniature thunder where he fled,
    And we saw him, or thought we saw him, dim and gray,
    Like a shadow across instead of behind the flakes.
    The little fellow’s afraid of the falling snow.
    He never saw it before. It isn’t play
    With the little fellow at all. He’s running away.
    He wouldn’t believe when his mother told him,...
  • Think of the Queen Mary— the whole ship goes by and then comes the rudder. And there's a tiny thing at the edge of the rudder called a trimtab. It's a miniature rudder. Just moving the little trim tab builds a low pressure that pulls the rudder around. Takes almost no effort at all. So I said that the little individual can be a trimtab. Society thinks it's going right by you, that it's left you altogether. But if you're doing dynamic things mentally, the fact is that you can just put your foot out like that and the whole big ship of state is going to go. So I said, call me Trimtab.

G - L[edit]

Ottoman miniature painting gave up the warmth, the whimsy, the theatricality, and the multiple meanings of Iranian art in favor of realism, which was also expressed in Ottoman maps, fortress plans and geographies. - Ira M. Lapidus.
Demons aren't bound by physics. If you take the long view, the universe is just something small and round, like those water filled balls which produce a miniature snowstorm when you shake them. - Terry Pratchett.

M - R[edit]

Sixtenth century represents the zenith of Ottoman miniature painting... -Gábor Ágoston, Bruce Alan Masters.
Plant lovers looking for new and exciting kinds to grow, orchid growers seeking more variety, will find unending fascination and beauty in miniature orchids. It has been proven that orchids can be grown on windowsills and under lights as well as in green houses. Miniature orchids – those ranging in height from ½ inch to 6 inches offer everything that the larger one do. - Rebecca Tyson Northen



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  • Plant lovers looking for new and exciting kinds to grow, orchid growers seeking more variety, will find unending fascination and beauty in miniature orchids. It has been proven that orchids can be grown on windowsills and under lights as well as in green houses. Miniature orchids – those ranging in height from ½ inch to 6 inches offer everything that the larger one do.
...A spaniel and a miniature poodle.
Rance: Let them be unleashed! - Joe Orton.
  • It might help if you imagine an inner living dimension within yourself in which you create, in miniature psychic form, all the exterior conditions that you know. Simply put, you do exactly this. Your thoughts, feelings and mental pictures can be called incipient exterior events, for in one way or another each of these is materialized into physical reality.

S - Z[edit]

By the beginning of the twentieth century, flowers, faces and miniature landscapes began to appear beside patterns of pointed stars, and to this day annual contests reward the most creative artists in this tradition.
  • We had a large old-fashioned battery, a wet cell, in the kitchen, hooked up to an electric bell. The bell was too complicated to understand at first, and the battery, to my mind, was more immediately attractive, for it contained an earthenware tube with a massive, gleaming copper cylinder in the middle, immersed in a bluish liquid, all this inside an outer glass casing, also filled with fluid, and containing a slimmer bar of zinc. It looked like a miniature chemical factory of sorts, and I thought I saw little bubbles of gas, at times, coming off the zinc. The Daniell cell (as it was called) had a thoroughly nineteenth-century, Victorian look about it, and this extraordinary object was making electricity all by itself—not by rubbing or friction, but just by the virtue of its own chemical reactions.
Mushrooms are miniature pharmaceutical factories, and of the thousands of mushroom species in nature, our ancestors and modern scientists have identified several dozen that have a unique combination of talents that improve our health. - Paul Stamets.
Miniature of Henrietta, Viscountess Duncannon
In western India, Jainism, an Indian religion which expounded renunciation and asceticism, gave rise to unique miniatures which flowered into the school of Rajasthani painting. The miniature paintings commenced with the patronage of the Jain merchants of Gujarat in the fourteenth century... - Madhu Bazaz Wangu.
Miniature Pahari painting of Himachal Pradesh.... The erotic themes of the Hindu miniature paintings represented loves of divine couples. - Madhu Bazaz Wangu.
A portrait miniature is a miniature portrait painting, usually executed in gouache, water colour, or enamel. Portrait miniatures developed out of the techniques of the miniatures in illuminated manuscripts, and were popular among 16th-century elites, mainly in England and France, and spread across the rest of Europe from the middle of the 18th-century, remaining highly popular until the development of daguerreo types and photography in the mid-19th century... - George C. Williamson
  • In such miniature paintings the theme of lyric poetry was depicted with strong confident lines, throbbing colours, and bold patterns, but controlled workmanship. The lively landscape created a standard for these outstanding illustrations.
    • Madhu Bazaz Wangu in: "Images of Indian Goddesses: Myths, Meanings, and Models", P.120
  • The ornamental borders framing the miniature paintings seem to be inspired by the decorative designs on the Mughal carpets.
    • Madhu Bazaz Wangu in: "Images of Indian Goddesses: Myths, Meanings, and Models", P.147
  • A portrait miniature is a miniature portrait painting, usually executed in gouache, water colour, or enamel. Portrait miniatures developed out of the techniques of the miniatures in illuminated manuscripts, and were popular among 16th-century elites, mainly in England and France, and spread across the rest of Europe from the middle of the 18th-century, remaining highly popular until the development of daguerreo types and photography in the mid-19th century. They were especially valuable in introducing people to each other over distances; a nobleman proposing the marriage of his daughter might send a courier with her portrait to visit potential suitors. Soldiers and sailors might carry miniatures of their loved ones while traveling, or a wife might keep one of her husband while he was away. The first miniaturists used water colour to paint on stretched vellum. During the second half of the 17th century, vitreous enamel painted on copper became increasingly popular, especially in France. In the 18th century, miniatures were painted with water colour on ivory, which had now become relatively cheap. As small in size as 40 mm × 30 mm, portrait miniatures were often used as personal w:Mementosmementos or as jewellery or snuff box covers.
    • George C. Williamson in: "The Work of Alyn Williams, P.R.M.S. (President of the Royal Society of Miniature Painters)" Pamphlet – January 1, 1920
  • These are the visionary, mystical moments, when a man 'completes his partial mind'. His everyday conscious self is only a small part of the mind, like the final crescent of the moon. In moments of crisis, the full moon suddenly appears.

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