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Re: Curious medieval images

Postby admin » 23 May 2012 08:08

The rest of Honnecourt's images are available on the BNF website and are really pretty to look at. Weird how the medieval architect's mind was arranged.
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Re: Curious medieval images

Postby Payson » 23 May 2012 12:34

Luckily for the mediaeval mason they didn't have architects! :D The people doing the design work also had the skill set to do the work. Very much unlike today. Maybe that is why their buildings survive the ravages of time and history and we get the Millenium dome (after the millenium, mind).
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Re: Curious medieval images

Postby admin » 06 Jun 2012 17:28

Fighting the Kraken?
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Re: Curious medieval images

Postby Bulot » 06 Jun 2012 18:39

I have no idea of what is supposed to be going on here, but this pic fills me with inexplicable joy.

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British Library, Harley 4425, f. 140.
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Re: Curious medieval images

Postby Magnus Hagelberg » 12 Jun 2012 08:34

could it be a way of showing how you "make" babies? parrents use to struggle in their explanations.
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Re: Curious medieval images

Postby Bulot » 12 Jun 2012 16:41

Well, you're clearly doing it wrong. That's how you unmake them. :lol:
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Re: Curious medieval images

Postby Ariella Elema » 11 Jul 2012 22:22

Saturn tries Fiore's third play of grappling, but Jupiter squares up and ...oh dear.

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Évrart de Conty, Les Échecs amoureux, France 1496-1498.
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Re: Curious medieval images

Postby admin » 12 Jul 2012 10:52

Good lord! :shock:
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Re: Curious medieval images

Postby Bulot » 24 Aug 2012 21:51

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Behold the flesh-eating kings of the men-horses.

(Manuscript of the Apocalypse, ca. 1330)
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Re: Curious medieval images

Postby Jonathan Waller » 25 Aug 2012 07:50

About the swastika? It's a common sun/good luck symbol, found all over from Japan to England and interestingly enough in some synagogues....

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admin wrote:From the same French source:
Oh dear, first thing I noticed was the swastika structure, can someone please help me....
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Re: Curious medieval images

Postby Bulot » 28 Aug 2012 17:26

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Zombies. It never gets old.
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Re: Curious medieval images

Postby Bulot » 11 Sep 2012 17:54

Not medieval but :
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Franz Helm, Buch von den probierten Künsten, Germany 1535.
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Re: Curious medieval images

Postby mackenzie cosens » 12 Oct 2012 22:02

He is haveing and easier time then I remember
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Re: Curious medieval images

Postby Sheila Sanchez » 28 Oct 2012 07:11

I am curious with those zombies on what they were doing.
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Re: Curious medieval images

Postby Gil-Galadh » 28 Oct 2012 08:16

Why killing the living of course.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danse_Macabre
There were some very interesting articles on the undead in medievalists.net

Or for those of you who have played Heroes of might and magic - here we see an excellent example of Necropolis attacking Castle. The undead hero has just cast Fear on the human footmen
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Re: Curious medieval images

Postby Bulot » 26 Nov 2012 21:02

The original Swordfish

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Re: Curious medieval images

Postby Monzambano » 09 Dec 2012 10:50

I came across this image (which may or may not show bucklers) from a 14th C Bolognese manuscript containing a commentary by Azo on the Corpus Iuris (in the Foundation Martin Bodmer Cologny, http://www.e-codices.unifr.ch/en/cb/0014/102v/medium), bottom of the page:

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The next one, a few pages on (http://www.e-codices.unifr.ch/en/cb/0014/194v/medium) had me stumped:

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Re: Curious medieval images

Postby Monzambano » 09 Dec 2012 11:06

Another bizarre image we came across recently was an altar picture by Hans Leu the Elder (late 15th C) from the Augustinerkirche in Zurich, now in a special exhibit at the Landesmuseum in Zurich on late Gothic art, showing St. Eligius:

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St. Eligius, as you will recall, was a master blacksmith and proud of his art. One day, a fellow shows up and shows Eligius (then not yet promoted) a new way to shoe a horse: He chops off the horse's leg, allowing Eligius to comfortably shoe the hoof, and once Eligius is done, the fellow pops the leg back on and leaves. Eligius tries this approach with the next horse and is mysteriously unable to re-attach the leg. Eligius realises that the first fellow was God, and He was teaching Eligius a lesson in humility.

No idea what tweaking the woman's nose is about.

Maybe this just resonates with us...
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Re: Curious medieval images

Postby gaukler » 09 Dec 2012 19:21

From http://www.catholic-saints.info/patron- ... ligius.htm:
"One day, when a horse was required to be shod, he plunged and kicked so much, that it was said he had the devil in him. St. Eligius was then appealed to, but instead of exorcising the devil he quietly cut off the animal's leg, placed it on an anvil and shod it properly, after which he replaced the leg by merely making the sign of the Cross."
The painting you show seems to have part of St. Dunstan's legend conflated into it as well. It looks like the saint has gripped the woman's nose with his pliers because she is the devil in disguise.
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Re: Curious medieval images - St Eligius

Postby Monzambano » 09 Dec 2012 21:51

Hi, Gaukler, that version makes a whole lot more sense, as it would explain why he got sainthood. Can't say I haven't been tempted to try that on occasion, but I'm no saint. Thanks for the lesson!
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