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Miniature art has a unique appeal. Miniatures became especially popular in Europe in the 16th century, and became increasingly popular in the 17th and 18th centuries. The fine technique needed to paint at such a small scale requires infinite patience. The results are often impressive and the exquisite detail rewards the viewer again and again. Interestingly, the term miniature does not derive from the word “minute” but from the Latin “minium”, meaning the red lead used to decorate medieval illuminated manuscripts.