April82014
Bodleian Library MS. Douce 195 Guillaume de Lorris and Jean de Meung, Le Roman de la Rose, in a manuscript made for Louise of Savoy, mother of Francis I, with many miniatures in the style of Robinet Testard, French, late 15th century

Bodleian Library MS. Douce 195 Guillaume de Lorris and Jean de Meung, Le Roman de la Rose, in a manuscript made for Louise of Savoy, mother of Francis I, with many miniatures in the style of Robinet Testard, French, late 15th century

April72014
Book of Hours, Use of Rome (‘The Dunois Hours’) France, Central (Paris), c. 1440 - c. 1450 (after 1436). Detail of Luke seated at a table and mending his quill pen with a knife.

Book of Hours, Use of Rome (‘The Dunois Hours’) France, Central (Paris), c. 1440 - c. 1450 (after 1436). Detail of Luke seated at a table and mending his quill pen with a knife.

April62014
Horae ad usum Romanum Date d’édition : 1470-1480 Type : manuscrit Langue : Latin

Horae ad usum Romanum Date d’édition : 1470-1480 Type : manuscrit Langue : Latin

April52014
Poppée (Poppaea Sabina), seconde épouse de l’empereur romain Néron (Poppaea Sabina, second wife of the Emperor Nero) — Bnf Français 599 fol. 81v

Poppée (Poppaea Sabina), seconde épouse de l’empereur romain Néron (Poppaea Sabina, second wife of the Emperor Nero) — Bnf Français 599 fol. 81v

April42014
Suicide de Lucrèce. Romaine, femme de Collatinus — BnF Français 599 fol. 42v

Suicide de Lucrèce. Romaine, femme de Collatinus — BnF Français 599 fol. 42v

April32014
Book of Hours Tory, Geoffroy (1480? -1533?) Created 1524 AD language Latin   France

Book of Hours Tory, Geoffroy (1480? -1533?) Created 1524 AD language Latin   France

April22014
Antoine Dufour, Death Of Cleopatra (1505), Musee Dobree (Nantes)

Antoine Dufour, Death Of Cleopatra (1505), Musee Dobree (Nantes)

April12014
Music—man playing portable organ, harp beside. France-England 15th cent. BL

Music—man playing portable organ, harp beside. France-England 15th cent. BL

11AM
Codex Vindobonensis Palatinus, 15th century.

Codex Vindobonensis Palatinus, 15th century.

March302014
The Cleveland Museum of Art.  

Single Leaf from a Gospel Book with a Portrait of St. Luke, c. 1440-1480
 Central Ethiopia, 15th century
 ink and tempera on vellum, Sheet - h:37.00 w:25.00 cm (h:14 9/16 w:9 13/16 inches).

The Cleveland Museum of Art. 

Single Leaf from a Gospel Book with a Portrait of St. Luke, c. 1440-1480

 Central Ethiopia, 15th century

 ink and tempera on vellum, Sheet - h:37.00 w:25.00 cm (h:14 9/16 w:9 13/16 inches).

March282014
Bible (the ‘Big’ or ‘Great Bible’), with the Gospel of Nicodemus and the Interpretation of Hebrew names Origin England, S. E. (London?) Date 1st quarter of the 15th century Language Latin

Bible (the ‘Big’ or ‘Great Bible’), with the Gospel of Nicodemus and the Interpretation of Hebrew names Origin England, S. E. (London?) Date 1st quarter of the 15th century Language Latin

March272014
L’Amant infortuné de François Habert Description : L’Invective de l’Amant infortuné contre la Dame de fortune. 1520-1530

L’Amant infortuné de François Habert Description : L’Invective de l’Amant infortuné contre la Dame de fortune. 1520-1530

March262014
demonagerie:

Karlsruhe : Badische Landesbibliothek. St. Peter perg. 92, detail of f. 6v. Thomas Le Myésier, Breviculum ex artibus Raimundi Lulli electum (c.1321)

demonagerie:

Karlsruhe : Badische Landesbibliothek. St. Peter perg. 92, detail of f. 6v. Thomas Le Myésier, Breviculum ex artibus Raimundi Lulli electum (c.1321)

March242014
erikkwakkel:

Circular song
Medieval music books, with their merry notes jumping off the page, are a pleasure to look at. This sensational page from the 14th century adds to this experience in a most unusual manner. It presents a well-known song, the French ballade titled En la maison Dedalus (In the house of Dedalus), be it that the scribe decided to write both music and lyrics in a circular form. There is reason behind this madness. The maze created by music and words locks up the main character of the song, the mythological figure Ariadne, who is a prisoner in the house of Daedalus - she is represented by the red dot. The book contains treatises on music theory, notation, tuning and chant. In other words, it was meant for experts readers. The beholder likely enjoyed the challenge of singing a circular song (did he or she spin the book around?) and how it held its subject hostage in the merriest of ways.
Pic: Berkeley, Music Library, MS 744 (made in Paris in 1375). More about the manuscript here, including more unusual images. This is a study of the book (the ballade is discussed at p. 14).

erikkwakkel:

Circular song

Medieval music books, with their merry notes jumping off the page, are a pleasure to look at. This sensational page from the 14th century adds to this experience in a most unusual manner. It presents a well-known song, the French ballade titled En la maison Dedalus (In the house of Dedalus), be it that the scribe decided to write both music and lyrics in a circular form. There is reason behind this madness. The maze created by music and words locks up the main character of the song, the mythological figure Ariadne, who is a prisoner in the house of Daedalus - she is represented by the red dot. The book contains treatises on music theory, notation, tuning and chant. In other words, it was meant for experts readers. The beholder likely enjoyed the challenge of singing a circular song (did he or she spin the book around?) and how it held its subject hostage in the merriest of ways.

Pic: Berkeley, Music Library, MS 744 (made in Paris in 1375). More about the manuscript here, including more unusual images. This is a study of the book (the ballade is discussed at p. 14).

(via elihydra)

March232014
(Capricorn). Book of Hours, 15th-16th century, Lyon, Bibliothèque municipale, 5140, f.013v

(Capricorn). Book of Hours, 15th-16th century, Lyon, Bibliothèque municipale, 5140, f.013v

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