Pretty medieval manuscript of the day is the Neville of Hornby Hours, a fourteenth century manuscript produced in England. This page is dominated by a giant illuminated letter D, illustrated with the visitation.
Image source: British Library MS Egerton 2781. Image declared as public domain on the British Library website.
Egypt Avengers by *ChristianNauck
What’s that annoying shadow blocki—oh.
working with the bromoil process has given me the escape I have been craving ..
Window seats are the best.
A pig on stilts! Playing a harp?! And dressed as a woman?!? Only on the borders of a medieval manuscript.
From the ‘Harley Froissart’ (Harley 4379, Netherlands, c. 1470 - 1472, f. 19v)
That’s some pig.
Nude Girl Reading. Howard Chandler Christy (American, 1873-1952).
Archival Print - 8 x 10 in. limited edition by terrainvague (30.00 USD) http://ift.tt/14uOoFw
Utopia, armarium codicum bibliophilorum, Cod. 103, detail of f. 12r. Book of Hours, use of Rome [Book of Hours of Bénigne Serre]. Dijon, 1524.
It looks skillful without seeming skillful.
More Mythology-lady valentines! Less monstrous, no less dangerous. Well, except for the Graeae, they’re just old and creepy. Like last time, HERE is a full sheet of all four, print away, freefreefree!
So this time we have an Amazon, a Maenad, half-crazed worshipper of Dionysus, the enchantress Circe, and the Graeae or Gray Sisters, who are NOT the Fates, Disney… Again, I referenced artworks for their appearances. The Graeae are not very well-represented in the greek canon, though, so I drew from that delightful genre of Hellenistic art: Statues Of Decrepit Old Ladies.
First set is here! Thank you everyone, by the way, who have supported that first set! I hope you like this one, too!
Ancient Greek Lady-Monster Valentines, because I love the morbid sense of humor I develop around these gals. HERE is a full-resolution printable sheet of all four, the page is 8x10.5 inches.
Featuring a Siren, Sphinx, Medusa, and also Eris.
She isn’t exactly a monster but shhhh. I referenced their appearances from ancient art, though I have to admit I kind of took artistic license with Medusa’s face and hair. The original Gorgons had scary-ugly faces and normal hair with a couple snakes. A head full of snakes is just so much more fun to draw…!
I have buckets more ideas for these, so I might do more! Because if a joke’s worth making it’s worth running into the ground, that’s what I say :D
I know what I’m sending this Valentine’s Day!
casket with troubadours, c. 1180
This casket (small box) is one of the earliest pieces of Limoges enamel to depict secular subjects, including images of courtly love. The lady on the front panel right is evidently very sure of the falcon that she carries on her left hand, as she is using its jesses to leash her lover with her right. He kneels with clasped hands, offering her the same submission that a vassal would make to his liege lord.
beginning of the 14th century Eastern Central Germany
Cod.Pal.germ.164: Heidelberger Sachsenspiegel
fol. 22r detail
Rhyton in the shape of a Ram’s head
(Source: The British Museum)
This is amazing, because half of it looks like a modern coffee cup and half of it is a ram’s head.
Detail of bas-de-page image of musicians.
From a Breviary for the use of Verdun, made in Metz (France), 1302-1303.
Source: BL Yates Thompson 8
Divina Commedia, Dante and Virgil climb down on Lucifer. c 1380 to 1385.
More like Dante and Virgil go down on Lucifer, am I right?
No, but seriously, I love the bit in Inferno where Dante and Virgil pass through the center of the Earth’s gravity, which just so happens to be located at Satan’s crotch, and go from climbing down his hairy torso to climbing up his hairy legs. It’s such a striking and grotesque image, but Dante also works out the physical details to the best of his ability, like a science fiction author.