Friday, April 21, 2006

Medieval Satire








These are just a few manuscript vignettes found in the wonderful Liber Floridus database. All the above images are from the 14th or 15th century. This site hosts illuminated manuscripts for les bibliothèques Mazarine et Sainte-Geneviève.

The 1600 manuscripts (31,000 images) can be accessed either individually or via the iconography searching section (as I did). I clicked on 'thésaurus' near the bottom of the iconographique page and went trawling randomly through the huge list of keywords. [previously]

15 comments :

Victoria Paz said...

Wow! I just want to say that what you have here is simply amazing! Thanks for sharing! ;)

Laura Gibbs said...

what a treasure trove: this is new to me! thank you so much.

I am guessing you already know the Dutch National Library manuscripts online...? It is a profoundly useful source.

best wishes,
Laura Gibbs
bestlatin.net

Ancient Clown said...

Cool site and I LOVE your intro...smoke and mirrors indeed...if you can make your way through the fog I invite you to add your mind to ours.
Please feel free to visit and question or add as needed.
your humble servant,
Ancient Clown

pk said...

Thanks for the nice feedback!

Laura I do know that site but only slightly for some reason. I have made a post before - I'd stumbled across the Mnemosyne website which has both KB library and Meermano museum material available. But thanks for the reminder!

slskenyon said...

Great stuff--I am a Medieval Historian and I love the images here. That is a great resource.

Philip said...

I am very impressed that those mentally handicapped people were capable of "satire"

pk said...

Thanks slskenyon.
Philip, I thought about deleting your comment but then decided that it had merit in the self-referential pantheon of satirical public performance art.

fatrobot said...

you find killer stuff!

Evangelist said...

You should do a posting of celtic knots from the ancient BOOK OF CELLS.

Hope you drop by my site too.

pk said...

Evangelist, it's the Book of Kells and if you can provide a link that would be just fine. Good luck with that.

Last time I looked -- (I know there are a few illuminated manuscript sites in Ireland - and the material all pretty well sucks in terms of artistic quality for posting as a weblog gallery item) -- there were a few snippets of the Book of Kells online but the physical book is a perennial tourist drawcard for Ireland so I doubt that it will appear as 300dpi internet images anytime soon (fair enough too).

Mathieu said...

I've just found your blog today. It's unique and beautiful. Congratulations

[ 76tons ] said...

I love ur Blog
..been addiced since first sight,
thank you for the inspiring moments, and for sharing ..!
Any tips on where to find Portuguese stuff? Adamastor , Lusiadas?
Big cheers!

pk said...

[76tons]:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Lusiad

[ 76tons ] said...

thank you!
kind regards,
76t

zazie said...

fantastique! c'est merveilleux, votre blogue

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