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17th century Ethiopian manuscript: the miracles of the archangel Michael

- May 9, 2013 in angels, archangels, christianity, collections, Digital Copy: No Additional Rights, ethiopia, illuminated manuscript, Images, Images-17th, Images-Illumination, Images-People, Saint Michael, The Walters Art Museum, Underlying Work: PD Worldwide

A selection of folios from an illuminated manuscript of 17th century Ethiopia, produced during the cultural boom, especially in painting, brought about by the establishment of a permanent court at Gondar by the Solomonic emperor Fasilädäs (who reigned 1632-67). The nearly 50 full-page illuminations of this particular manuscript tell the story of the Archangel Michael who, under the patronage of Emperor Zär’a Ya’eqob, had became the most venerated of all archangels in Ethiopia. He is depicted undertaking a vast host of miracles and heroic feats including saving the faithful from the burning flames of hell, healing the sick and treading on Satan. The illustrations can also teach us about the Ethiopia of the time. According to The Walters Art Museum, “the minutely rendered textiles in these pictures suggest a connection with the fashions of the Gondarine court and indicate that the painters depicted their scriptural subjects using a visual language rooted in contemporary culture.” The Walters Art Museum Underlying Work: PD Worldwide | Digital Copy: No Additional Rights Download: Right click on image or see source for higher res versions HELP TO KEEP US AFLOAT The Public Domain Review is a not-for-profit project and we rely on support from our [...]

The Illuminated Sketchbook of Stephan Schriber (1494)

- June 15, 2012 in illuminated manuscript, Images, Images-15th, Images-Illumination, non-article, sketchbook

Selected pages from the Spätgotisches Musterbuch des Stephan Schriber, a manuscript which appears to be some kind of sketchbook, belonging to a 15th century monk working in South-West Germany, where ideas and layouts for illuminated manuscripts were tried out and skills developed.

(All images taken from the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek found via Europeana).













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Illuminated pages from 15th century Breviaries

- March 19, 2012 in 15th century, breviary, illuminated manuscript, Images, Images-15th, Images-Illumination, non-article

A breviary (from Latin brevis, ‘short’ or ‘concise’) is a liturgical book of the Latin liturgical rites of the Catholic Church containing the public or canonical prayers, hymns, the Psalms, readings, and notations for everyday use, especially by bishops, priests, and deacons in the Divine Office (i.e., at the canonical hours or Liturgy of the Hours, the Christians’ daily prayer). Below is a selection of illuminated Breviary pages from various unknown miniaturists working in and around Paris, Bruges and Gent in the middle of the 15th century.

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Labors of the Months from the Très Riches Heures

- February 8, 2012 in 15th century, book of hours, Duc de Berry, illuminated manuscript, Images, Labors of the Months, Limbourg brothers, non-article, Très Riches Heures

The Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry (or simply the Très Riches Heures) is probably the most important illuminated manuscript of the 15th century, “le roi des manuscrits enluminés” (“the king of illuminated manuscripts”). It is a very richly decorated Book of Hours containing over 200 folios, of which about half are full page illustrations. It was painted sometime between 1412 and 1416 by the Limbourg brothers for their patron Jean, Duc de Berry. They left it unfinished at their (and the Duc’s) death in 1416. Charles I, Duc de Savoie commissioned Jean Colombe to finish the paintings between 1485-1489. Featured here are the Labors of the Months, the section illustrating the various activities undertaken by the Duke’s court and his peasants according to the month of the year. Most of the illustrations show one of the Duke’s castles in the background, and each are accompanied by a sun carrying Phoebus beneath an archway depicting the appropriate zodiac signs.

(Text and images via Wikipedia)

January: The Duke's household exchanges New Year gifts - the Duke at right in a blue robe.



February: A typical winter's day. Some peasants warm themselves by the fire, another peasant chops wood, and still another goes to market.



March: Sowing the field. In the background is the Château de Lusignan, a residence of Jean de Berry.



April: A young couple exchanging rings. In the background is the Château de Dourdan.



May: Young nobles riding in a procession. In the background is the Hôtel de Neslé, the Duke's Paris residence in Paris.



June: Harvest. In the background is the Palais de la Cité with the Sainte Chapelle clearly identifiable on the right.



July: The shearing of the sheep. In the background is the Palace of Poitiers near Poitiers.



August: Falconry, with the Duc's Château d'Étampes in the background.



September: The harvest of the grapes. In the background is the Château de Saumur.



October: Tilling the field. In the background is the Louvre.



November: The autumn harvest of acorns, on which pigs are feeding.



December: A wild boar hunt. In the background is the Château de Vincennes.





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A Catalogue of Polish Bishops

- January 12, 2012 in archbishops, bishops, Catalogue of the Archbishops of Gniezno and Lives of the Bishops of Cracow, illuminated manuscript, Images, Jan Długosz, non-article, Stanislaw Samostrzelnik, The Catalogus Archiepiscoporum Gnesnensium Vitae episcoporum Cracoviensium

The Catalogus Archiepiscoporum Gnesnensium Vitae episcoporum Cracoviensium (Catalogue of the Archbishops of Gniezno and Lives of the Bishops of Cracow) by Jan Długosz is a 16th century manuscript illuminated by Stanislaw Samostrzelnik between 1531-1535. Today in the collection of the National Library in Warsaw. (Images via Wikimedia Commons).

























Operation Doorstep

The Spirit Photographs of William Hope

The Maps of Piri Reis

Dr Julius Neubronner's Miniature Pigeon Camera

Art in Art

Huexotzinco Codex


Sessions for the Blind at Sunderland Museum

Eugène von Guérard's Australian Landscapes

Landscape and Marine Views of Norway

The Mechanism of Human Physiognomy

Space Colony Art from the 1970s

Men in Wigs


De humana physiognomonia libri IIII (1586)

Field Columbian Museum

Maps from Geographicus

Arnoldus Montanus' New and Unknown World (1671)

World War II from the Air

Halloween Postcards

Engravings by Dominicus Custos

Kodak No.1 Circular Snapshots

Kitab al-Bulhan or Book of Wonders (late 14thC.)

The Daddy Long Legs of Brighton

Amundsen's South Pole Expedition (1912)

A Catalogue of Polish Bishops

Harry Clarke's illustrations for Edgar Allan Poe (1919)

The Embalming Jars of Frederik Ruysch (1710)