Monday, October 26, 2009

The Knightly Arts

The Art of the Gladiator


De arte athletica by Paul Hector Mair


De arte athletica by Paul Hector Mair a


De arte athletica by Paul Hector Mair k


De arte athletica by Paul Hector Mair l


De arte athletica by Paul Hector Mair b


De arte athletica by Paul Hector Mair v


De arte athletica by Paul Hector Mair c


De arte athletica by Paul Hector Mair d


De arte athletica by Paul Hector Mair f


De arte athletica by Paul Hector Mair t


De arte athletica by Paul Hector Mair e


De arte athletica by Paul Hector Mair i


De arte athletica by Paul Hector Mair s


De arte athletica by Paul Hector Mair o


De arte athletica by Paul Hector Mair r


De arte athletica by Paul Hector Mair q


De arte athletica by Paul Hector Mair p


De arte athletica by Paul Hector Mair w


De arte athletica by Paul Hector Mair n


De arte athletica by Paul Hector Mair m


De arte athletica by Paul Hector Mair j


De arte athletica by Paul Hector Mair u


[click on any image for an enlarged version]


'De Arte Athletica' (Volume II) [B Cod.icon. 393(2)] is online at the Bavarian State Library.

The massive mid-16th century treatise on combat techniques by Paul Hector Mair totals over twelve hundred pages, spread across two exquisitely illustrated manuscripts.

Volume I - featured earlier this year in the entry Pugnacious Puffy Pants - 'tends' to concentrate more on the armed and unarmed hand-to-hand techniques, while the present volume introduces the tournament combat styles of knights.

A number of the illustrations are thought, perhaps unsurprisingly, to have been derived from or copied after the style of Hans Bergkmair (both father & son); see: Burgkmair Tournament Book. Some of the scenes and combattants depicted in 'De Arte Athletica' are based on actual tournaments (and participants) from history.

5 comments :

Kittybriton said...

This is quite magnificent! And I thought Pugnacious Puffy Pants was impressive when I first saw it.

animal print gal said...

Great collection, I really enjoyed the colors-thank you for posting!

ethel mertz said...

Absolutely stunning! Thank you so much!

Mi sa el said...

mola molt

gràcies

rOlf said...

So great works in this blog! From here, it's one of my favs! Thanks you for posting!!

Greetings from southern Spain!! ;)

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