Late Medieval maps and charts.
Jost Amman, Sechs Oktaeder, 1568
"cosmic stars illuminate the indigo sky, creating constellations that paint the entire night’s canvas. the moon shines as brightly as the light in your eyes."
Adolf Wolfi (Swiss, 1864-1930)
Wolfi created all of his art, including thousands of pages of cryptic illustrated manuscripts, while institutionalized at a mental asylum in Switzerland. In 1890, at age 26, Wolfi was imprisoned for attempting to molest two young girls; he spent the rest of his life at the asylum composing music, drawing, and re-writing his own personal history in fictional form.
Like Henry Darger or Joseph Cornell, Wolfi was an outsider artist whose mysterious work defies categorization. In his untitled work of 1912 (top), Wolfi includes musical notes of his own invented musical language - he would even play this music on a paper trumpet while at the asylum.
The dead man before God.
A demon attempts to steal his soul, but is attacked by St Michael the Archangel. 15th c. The Book of Rohan Hours.
Demons intercede between Pagan Gods and humans in this detail from ST.Augustine La Citede Dieu, Paris. Alchemy scroll Macon BM c.1480
Vision of the Heavenly Jerusalem
Beatus of Liébana
Commentary on the Apocalypse, in Latin
Illuminated by Maius (d. 968)
Spain, province of León, probably San Salvador de Tábara, mid-tenth century
The Morgan Library
Black Hours, Bruges, c. 1470
This Book of Hours, referred to as the Black Hours, is one of a small handful of manuscripts written and illuminated on vellum that is stained or painted black.
The black of its vellum—the very thing that makes the codex so striking—is also the cause of some serious flaking. The carbon used in the black renders the surface of the vellum smooth and shiny—a handsome but less than ideal supporting surface for some of the pigments.
The anonymous painter of the Black Hours is an artist whose style depended mainly upon that of Willem Vrelant, one of the dominant illuminators working in Bruges from the late 1450s until his death in 1481.
Digital Facsimile at the source link.
this is… pretty… fucking… metal….
Hortus Deliciarum Leviathan
German Romanesque ca. 1170
i love this
From the Aurora consurgens, a 15th C. alchemical manuscript.
The Opening of the Fifth Seal (detail). From the Beatus Manuscript. Spanish, 1180. Groovy.
Heinrich Khunrath. Ampitheatrum Sapientiae Aeternae (Hamburg, 1595), or “The Amphitheater of Eternal Knowledge”
Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, - BSB Cod.icon. 340, f. 33r. Beschreibung der historischen und allegorischen Personen der acht Inventionen zum Ringelrennen in den Aufzügen gehalten 1596 anläßlich der Taufe der Prinzessin Elisabeth von Hessen, 1600.
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