(NB 1007 E34 C64 1988) A work on the Hindu deity of Siva in the Island of Elephanta "located in Bombay Harbour in the Arabian Sea. In France, the reign of Louis IX, the only French king to be canonized by the Catholic Church, began following the death of his father Louis VIII. from the Index archive can now be seen as it appeared in the catalogue of the Could this drawing below the eye-poking scene be a sly reference to Seth’s severed testicles? Depending on what precedes the aiv sequence in the VMS, it may serve more than one purpose. subjects in wax seals include heraldry, nobles, and popular saints and bishops, This summer The Index of Medieval Art welcomed two students from the Master of Information program at Rutgers University to inventory the Index’s photographic archive. I was wondering why shield charms were common in Latin manuscripts and I’m not sure of the specific reason, but in Hebrew and Arabic exemplars, triangles are very common, so perhaps this is an adaptation of the triangle: I noticed “ab” was frequently at the beginning of charm words and thought it might trace back to the biblical Abraham, but there’s another possibility… perhaps “ab-” is popular in charm words because it roughly represents the first two letters of the alphabet (Greek, Hebrew, Arabic, Latin). Tinctures of alcohol not only helped preserve the plants, but they provided concentrated formulas that were sometimes more effective than herbal “simples” (basic plant parts that had not been processed by distillation). to pictorial representations and vice versa. One of these paired miniatures shows the typical interior occupation of February, figures by the fire. The Iconography and Ritual of Siva at Elephanta. Plus, they could be phlegm/bile/blood or various kinds of weather (hail, wind, rain, snow). They are usually on the ones with big bellies or the thinner ones that follow soon after the big bellies. ... (the giant). It represents a cosmic battle with demons and archangels attacking and defending the alchemist in the center. Sometimes local architecture was used to illustrate events in far-off places. After investigating it for a while, I was leaning away from this idea, but a few things clicked when bi3mw revived the ninja thread, so I decided to take another look. A possible early figuration of the planet Saturn can be seen on this ancient papyrus fragment in the Metropolitan Museum of Art as an Egyptian deity (Fig. If the left side is even and the right side is ragged, it is “left-justified”. Medieval Iconography A blog made to decipher the cryptic symbols of the Middle Ages. “Medieval Iconography.” Ancient Egypt through the Middle Ages. This Virgo Lactans iconographic type is exemplified by a 14th-century ivory statuette in the Yale University Art Gallery, which displays an intimate and lifelike relationship between mother and child (Fig. “Jupiter and Saturn Head for Closest Visible Alignment in 800 Years.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 6 Dec. 2020, https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/06/science/space/jupiter-saturn-align-christmas-star.html. Luxury lidded chalices were often drawn with a wide middle and narrow, fancy finials. This picturesque watchtower was built in the 14th century, and stands above an entrance gate in a long wall. After Christianity became prevalent, the format remained essentially the same, but Hebrew and Christian names for God, angels, and the virgin Mary were often substituted, or shared space with older names whose origins were no longer known. As mentioned in the previous blog, by the year 1500 containers similar to the VMS “fancy” container were being crafted in various parts of Bohemia, with northern Bohemian craftsmen having close ties to those in Italy. Here are two examples side-by-side so you can see the similarities. But let’s take a look at a mallard duck, a familiar bird throughout the northern hemisphere: The mallard differs from the drawing in several respects. ), Mit dreißig zieht er in den Krieg, Stark wie ein Ochs, erringt den Sieg. Medieval Art & Iconography Collection by Fractallicious Digital Art. This subject heading is attached to nearly 300 works of art in the database applied to a variety of media, including a Romanesque limestone relief panel from Burgundy, now in the Louvre Museum in Paris (Fig. This search yielded about 30 examples where David was indicating his In this Psalter, the initial D I believe it begins with a pre-adolescent maturing into a woman and acquiring a large [probably pregnant] belly (and possibly stretch marks). There are frequent comments that folio 77r represents medieval elements in the cosmological sense, but as you can see from my recent blog, I’m somewhat skeptical. Here is another interesting sequence in the VMS: No, it’s not exactly the same in terms of which letters are dropped, but the way it diminishes is more similar to charm reductions than it is to the way sentences are usually constructed. Expositions on the Psalms, Digital Psalms version 2007, 205–216, 262–277. 1756 to 1767. In the Index database, Michael the Archangel is by far the best represented of the archangels, with thirteen subjects covering his various roles, from intercessor and commanding soldier to apparition in visions and legends. illustrations depict David pointing to his mouth, a common way to represent The “Gold Glass” files record over 650 objects across sixty-three locations dating mostly from late antiquity between the 3rd and 7th centuries. On the right is a typical icon labeled O Agios. Groundhog Day is in early February for a reason. The next section in the top-left is quite detailed and it’s difficult to interpret the structures that appear to be inset into apparent hollows in the pathway: The blue tower appears to be sitting on a steep tor with a spiral pathway to the top, and is colored to distinguish it from the structures under and around it. The platypus has distinctive claws. The general format is circular, with a figure in the center, and there is an infant in the first circle (7 o’clock) and a prone figure near the end (4 o’clock). There’s a rounded body and rootlike legs. into the Index from major publications that did not provide the precise I have set guard to my mouth, when the sinner But his dreams of a large consolidated empire withered a few months later when he suffered a stroke while hunting in northern France. for Christ consisting of the first two letters of the word “Christos” (Christ) in Greek. in the Subject Browse One such initial appears in the Noyon They call to mind medieval images in which the scribe’s desk and well-stacked bookshelves are familiar iconographic attributes of the Evangelists, as well as theologians, scholars, physicians, and literati, as they labored in their study spaces (see Index subjects: Bookcase, Scholar, Physician, Literatus, and Philosopher Type). stood against me.” The tongue is mentioned one more time in this psalm It’s like a larger version of a quill-pen case. minute detail, usually from the tusks of elephants. Whether you are enjoying a restfully sedentary season or the official start of the spring semester has you thoroughly engaged in your own labors of the month, we wish you a warm and happy February! The Tertullian Project, 14 Dec. 2020, http://www.tertullian.org/fathers/gregory_nazianzen_2_oration4.htm. The right eye of Horus came to represent the sun, the left eye the moon. This figure rises to more three quarters when we add individual figures of Christ or the Virgin Mary. And what is the number of my days: that I may know what is wanting of Ornate enameling was sometimes inserted in the spaces between raised designs. People are pointing, birds are knocked out of their flight by the boom from the “thunderstone”, and animals scurry for their dens: This illustration reminded me of the full-page drawing in the VMS that has multiple textures and emanations seemingly shaking the foundations of the earth. If the last line was very short, it wasn’t practical to insert spaces, so padding characters were added instead. In this woodcut, Fortuna is replaced by an angel, the earth is in the center, and the seven stars or “planets”, as they called them (including the sun and moon), orbit around it. He gave important positions to his family members and even attempted to install a relative as Holy Roman Emperor to enlarge the kingdom of France. Could it be a context-shift? the Crusades, as well as through a rise in vernacular literature, legends, and If the VMS drawing has anything to do with meteor events, maybe it chronicles something earlier than the thunderstone of Ensesheim. as these were powerful talismans for their owners. meaning to our messages to one another. Sentence Examples Its influence on the iconography of medieval art was great. It is possible, in this case, that they are original, since this is one of the pockets where there were Ghibelline supporters, but since the portals were intended, in part, to assert the independence of Genoa, it’s questionable whether they would include a symbol specifically supporting the Holy Roman Empire: The little town of Münchenstein, on the northern Swiss border, had quite a simple portal with a square tower and crenellations: The Augustus Arch, portal to Rimini, is very ancient and classical in design with an unusually large opening that probably never had a gate. The medieval art of the Western world covers a vast scope of time and place, over 1000 years of art in Europe, and at times the Middle East and North Africa. This suggests that the literal When I came across the incantation “Agios Agios Agios” in a medieval manuscript, I recognized it because it is commonly written on Greek icons with images of saints, Jesus, and God (like the Arabs, the Greeks frequently exploited the calligraphic characteristics of letter shapes and intertwined them like monograms). Some of the middle eastern scroll cases were finely detailed metal. Here is a full phrase found in Grimoires: ala drabra ladr[a] dabra rabra afra brara agla et alpha omega, Now if we take the first part (before the readable part that says “agla et alpha omega”) and reverse it (something that was frequently done with magical words), we get. 19 É. Mâle, L’Art religieux de la in du Moyen Âge en France: Étude sur l’iconographie du Moyen Âge et sur ses sources d’inspiration (Paris, 1902). This work has also left behind a trove of archival resources such as hundreds of rolls of film and the so-called “Black Books” that were used to track the negative numbers. Often the boy was asked to reveal who had perpetrated a crime and people were gullible enough to accept the boy’s interpretation and to punish the “guilty”. Historians have noted the rarity of gold glass, as well as its costly, specialized method of production. The central figure is usually Jesus or God (in older manuscripts, the central figure is sometimes a personified sun): Could images like this, arranged in a circle, have inspired the VMS creator to combine zodiac figures with the stages of life? I think it’s very unlikely that the drawing below represents a lighthouse. Some of the textures on the nymph pages remind me of grottoes and caves. King David is well represented in the Index of Medieval Art database, with close to 200 subject headings covering the various scenes of his life. at verse 5 with regard to speech, “I spoke with my tongue: O Lord, make me know They are expressed as figures within three concentric circles. U. dall’Olmo, in the Journal for the History of Astronomy, 1978, Vol. In the twenty-first century, we find ourselves at a crossroads between traditional methods of iconographic study and the implementation of pioneering technologies such as AI. tusks, and antlers. The following example incorporates sacred names and abbreviations (typically Agla, Amara, Tanta, and others) within a circular frame surrounded by boxed crosses: If it is included, the name of God is often written first. It was common to build a tower, or a pair of towers, over the main portal. One terracotta lamp from the Benaki Museum in Athens depicts two of these popular motifs—a lion and a tree—combined on one impressed discus (Fig. extensive category in this inventory project. This is a simplified version, without animals or verses, with a greater emphasis on marriage and children, as published in the early 19th century for women: There were also versions with both men and women that might be more similar to the VMS. double meaning or moral lesson, as in the story of Tristan and Isolde depicted We remain focused on expanding the Index collection to present the rich array of iconography from the global Middle Ages. Anatomically, each part corresponds with the center of a particular human sensorium. Outside of the apocalyptic combat scene, Michael also may be shown trampling and piercing the dragon as part of his overall iconography. Radiant Ivories for Both Secular and Religious Narratives, With nearly forty-seven hundred cards One weighing pan of his scales remains, Often the cluster of syllables is identical or self-similar. Arundel 157 has page after page of charming examples, each one a little different: Sometimes a simple repetitive pattern was used, with space between each iteration: Sometimes the repeating pattern was shaped like a letter: When the letters were close together, they became visually similar to a decorative pattern. Encompassing eight drawers of roughly one read. Commenting on the wider potential of this approach, Maffre also noted that the Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF) staff have been working toward implementing automatic recognition of manuscript illuminations through AI. [9] See lines 120–121: Gregory Nazianzen, “Julian the Emperor” (1888). Ryan Gerber is a graduate student at Rutgers University studying Information Science with a concentration in Archives and Preservation. 8 & 9). Some books are my own and some are out on temporary loan from the Index’s research library and from Firestone Library, but all are bolstering this new environment of cataloguing and scholarship from home. © Copyright 2 May 2020 J.K. Petersen, All Rights Reserved. The OMCI (Ontology of Medieval Christianity in Images) project, founded and developed by Marchesin, is based on the concept that, beyond narrative and portraits, Christian medieval images implicitly refer to another level of signification that is ontological and strongly connected in this case to theology as a holistic system of explanation of the world. The south portal (right) has elaborately carved minaret towers and stone roofs with sculptural finials: The bastion style on the left was a common style. The mendicant friar, preacher, and later saint Francis of Assisi died on October 3rd. Silver, gold, and other metals, along with desirable stones such as gemstones, granite, and marble, were so heavily mined that entire mountains were sometimes reduced to foothills. [6] The Index database records three examples of planetary carmen figuratem, all in the British Library, MS. Cott.Tib.B.V (fol. Most of the time people mention locations in the middle east (especially Baghdad) or north Africa and some people consider the folio to be a form of portolan. Past articles have dealt with subjects as diverse as Byzantine fresco programs, Carolingian architectural diagrams, Jewish ritual images and the iconography of Raphael. Finally, I decided to broaden my search to locate all depictions of this particular body part with David. Which means that the blotting out of a right eye could represent a solar eclipse. In the early 16th century Portuguese navigators named the island Ilha Elefante (Elephant Island) in reference to a large stone elephant that was found there. In other words, more than the VMS: So those are some timeline, generational, and staircase formats, but there are also some based around wheels. See more ideas about medieval art, medieval, art. Remember the reduction charms I mentioned at the beginning? Here’s a pestilence charm with a similar format and a brief partial-substitution cipher that I posted in June 2018: Names of angels are also very common in charms and general books of magic. See the Art & Architecture Thesaurus® Online, https://www.getty.edu/research/tools/vocabularies/aat/. 2). Following this coup d’état, many leaders of the Ghibelline families of the Doria (including Corrado and his son Pietro) and Spinola of San Luca, as well as of the Guelf families of the Grimaldi and Fieschi, were forced to flee the city. (The artist does not show the thumb, which would hold the plectrum in place.) According to the legend, a wayward bull belonging to Garganus, a wealthy man from Siponto, is miraculously saved from the shot of an arrow, which instead reversed in midair and killed the huntsman. by Medievalists.net December 10, 2013. The inventory of these files revealed some of the more common iconographic motifs found on terracotta objects, which include foliate ornament, a variety of land animals and birds, symbols such as crosses, as well as inscriptions and monograms. In this Rosicrucian image with alchemical references, notice the tent at the top of the sacred hill (sacred hills are a holdover from Paganism) and the alchemists’ cave below it. One cameo of opaque drink and drink to thine!” (Fig. One medieval family codex might be of particular interest to Voynich researchers because of visual similarities to the rosettes folio. The Index. Note how the nymphs in the outer ring go from skinny unpregnant pre-adolescence through child-bearing years and middle age, to tipped-over baskets that resemble caskets. pal. Sometimes the short Latin-like words refer to longer statements, just as aaa refers to agios in its longer form as agios + agios + agios or as a hymn. Intaglios in the Hermitage Collection (Leningrad: Aurora Art Publishers, Unfortunately, the images are copyrighted so you will have to click the link. So much so, he could afford to lend money to the emperor himself. In contemporary page layout, lines can be padded with software algorithms that add extra space between each character to fill the columns. Their desks took a variety of forms and shapes, from tall book stands or lecterns, sometimes decorated with animals, birds, and foliage, to round or squat tables of a simpler design. Accessibility by boat and for extra security cross has been a sacred cave since ancient times and is in. 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