examples of medieval iconography

In medieval texts, padding can occur within a line or at the end of a line and padding sometimes shares shapes with regular letters, especially the letters a and v. The aiiiv patterns might not be padding patterns, maybe they are word endings, modifiers, or conjunctions. Most illustrators tried to compact the stages into one image. and to oppose its own natural “bad” inclinations. Other variations include Mathim or Bathym. action of raised finger to outstretched tongue. The Index. But, how often do we see David depicted with his tongue sticking I include one here: Another example of Agios, in the context of charms, is in an Old English manuscript from the 11th century. relief cameos, seals, and more intricate glyptic objects began to appear.[2]. and a Latin equivalent of “cheers!”: “Gregori bibe [e]t propina tuis,” or “Gregory, An indispensable refererence work on Christian iconography. Cambridge: This is similar to the small drawing of a walled city or castle in the upper right section of the VMS rosettes folio. 871, includes a biblical story of Ezechiel that obviously didn’t take place in central Europe, and yet the illustrator drew local architecture, including a pair of flag finials facing outward: On a side note… outside Ensißhein a meteorite boomed out of the sky and landed in a field November 1492. Even though both are usually in the token-end positions, the oiv tokens do not cluster near the ends of lines as frequently as aiv sequences. © Copyright September 2020, J.K. Petersen, All Rights Reserved. Encompassing imaginary creatures such as the unicorn, siren, and griffin; exotic beasts including the tiger, elephant, and ape; as well as animals native to Europe like the beaver, dog, and hedgehog, the bestiary is a vibrant testimony to the medieval understanding of animals and their role in the world. and Durandin, Antique Intaglios, 8. subjects in wax seals include heraldry, nobles, and popular saints and bishops, 140 objects) are recorded as “Location Unknown,” these items having been entered I don’t know if anyone has specifically related the central rosette on the VMS “map” folio to the alchemical furnaces of the Tower of Philosophy. Like the hapless dragon, this creature is similarly impaled and trampled! “glyptics” refers the art of carving gems or seals—whether in intaglio or in relief—typically Roughly a quarter of the ivory objects recorded in the Index are representations of the Virgin Mary and the Christ Child. These lidded chalices were drawn in a variety of styles and some have interesting fluted or hexagonal bases. In medieval books of magic, drawing a circle in the dirt with a sword or stick is a frequent instruction, and incantations may be chanted from the edge or inner portion of the circle, depending on the specific kind of charm. Konstantina Karterouli, postdoctoral fellow and graduate of Harvard University, presented an Artificial Intelligence (AI) project that the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library & Collection is developing with the goal of teaching computers to recognize the different architectural elements of a medieval building. Now let’s look at another way to generate charm words…. Written in red ink above the incipit is the rubric Lingua me calamus scribae, taken from verse 2 of that Psalm, which can be translated as, “My tongue is the pen of a scrivener”(drbo.org). categories in the Index archive, filling only one drawer with a little more Like other birds, the Talpanas doesn’t have furry hocks. [2] O. Medieval moralists also were concerned with sinful tongues: the But to get back to our demon…it appears that the name morax/marax, when associated with fallen angels, originated sometime in the late middle ages or Renaissance, and we cannot be sure that marix or morix in the VMS is a spelling variation, but the similarity is provocative. As the fall 2020 semester begins and the Index staff continue to work remotely, each of us connecting from different locations, our home libraries and desks have become essential tools in our research. A contrasting approach to iconography, presented by Isabelle Marchesin of the Institut national d’histoire de l’art (INHA) at the Sorbonne in Paris, faces head-on the problem of offering something that AI still cannot provide: interpretations of specialized content. There are some oddities of spacing… the ix in each case appears to be written in the same handwriting and the “a” is the same as others on the page, but the backleaning i character (resembling EVA-i) in “vix” is quite perplexing. Horus was a sky deity, depicted as a raptor. See also the Art Stories post by Bryan C. Keene, “Written in the Stars: Astronomy and Astrology in Medieval Manuscripts,” Getty Iris Blog (30 April 2019), https://blogs.getty.edu/iris/written-in-the-stars-astronomy-and-astrology-in-medieval-manuscripts/. The year 2020 has had its own prelude of tumultuous moments leading up to this great planetary conjunction. The Cocharelli family previously of Provençe and Acre settled in Genoa and created a beautiful 14th-century codex for their children. This initial D, also beginning Psalm 38, encloses They often offered a and Assyrian civilizations—but it was not until the Hellenistic period that In this way it is similar to the sculpture of Peter 1. Each of the medium categories I inventoried not only laid the groundwork for further analysis of the collection as a whole, but highlighted the Index’s remarkable century-old ability to generate new curiosities and paths of inquiry. the Crusades, as well as through a rise in vernacular literature, legends, and His long, curled tongue and raised hands suggest how insistently he imparts this lesson on the vices. d’antiquités égyptiennes, étrusques, greques, romaines et gauloises (Paris, Under the medium “Terra Cotta”—a mixture of clay and water that is formed and baked or fired—the Index records more than twenty-five hundred objects across 196 locations. The walled garden at the bottom of the Cocharelli folio, depicting game animals and the death of Philip IV, is completely surrounded by a long wall with Ghibelline merlons. In contrast to ducks and geese, the platypus, a furry creature that lays eggs, has a broad bill, with nostrils near the end, and when the eyes are open, you can see a distinct ring of raised skin around the eye, with light-colored fur under and sometimes around the eye The fur pulls back from the bill, like the feathers on the mallard (and not like the Luttrell drawing), but if you look closely, you’ll see a few tufts sticking out to the side (easier to see on the right side in the picture). “Medieval Iconography.” Ancient Egypt through the Middle Ages. December 17, 2020 by Pointed merlons are found in many areas of southern Spain, and if they are placed in pairs, they superficially resemble Ghibelline merlons, but they are not the same. The VMS is rife with illustrations that hint at concepts that have been combined, but they are not quite overt enough to be sure. 3), and to the conclusion that the inscription Or. 12, Neubauer 1217 (fol. To make it easier to recognize the gate from a distance, certain “signal” styles were adapted by builders and architects, many of which were specific to their region. Sometimes these are intended to be chanted aloud. 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”. It’s not as similar as a platypus, but it does have distinctive claws. The designs might be chosen to express a classification system for the plants, but given the practical nature of many of the tubes, perhaps they really existed. One type seen rather frequently is that of the Virgin nursing the infant Christ—known in Latin as the Virgo Lactans—which the Index categorizes among the many “types” of the Virgin Mary and Christ Child. Some have suggested that f33r might be mandrake, but I think there are better identifications for 33r. Also common to eastern manuscripts is a double rectangle, with the second rectangle offset, with eight loops at the point, a symbol for Earth. [7] Jupiter was seen as a protective deity: his iconography varies from the classical, bearded archetype of “Zeus Pater” (Zeus the Father), who brandishes lightning bolts, a celestial wheel, or other symbols of his power, to his personification as a bishop in a late fifteenth-century astronomical miscellany in the Getty Museum.[8]. ), Mit dreißig zieht er in den Krieg, Stark wie ein Ochs, erringt den Sieg. in that both image and text suggest the speaking and offending capabilities of The five panelists briefly presented on the ways in which they incorporated iconography into their teaching, research, and curatorial work. New York, NY: Columbia University Libraries, 2014. https://digitaldante.columbia.edu/dante/divine-comedy/paradiso/paradiso-22/. 4). covering a little over thirty-one hundred objects, Ivory represented a more The god of storms and disorder is known as Seth (sth). He died soon after. 1/3 (1985): 15–290. than a millennium of artistic creation, the Index of Medieval Art has always been in lingua mea posuri ori meo custodiam cum consisteret peccator adversum me… An indispensable refererence work on Christian iconography. It depicts the vice of avarice: Chalices are not always associated with religious imagery, pawnshops or metal shops. Sometimes many angel names are included. romances. [9] See lines 120–121: Gregory Nazianzen, “Julian the Emperor” (1888). The many vibrant examples of social media use in the field, ranging from museums to libraries, include the Getty, Dumbarton Oaks, and the British Library. In this illustration of Paradiso 22, the scene of the “Heaven of Saturn” is portrayed by Beatrice and Dante welcoming five nude souls descending a ladder from a glowing red star with seven points (Fig. Intaglios in the Hermitage Collection (Leningrad: Aurora Art Publishers, But maybe it’s a different bird from a duck or goose. Pentagrams, circles, shields, triangles, stars of David, and other geometric shapes are commonly found in both eastern and western manuscripts. “SAPPO FLACILLAE”—with the genitive form of the empress’s name—referred to a is, the tool used to make the impression) and “Seal Impression” (that is, an 3). pal. Its vision of greater accessibility through complete Wishing to investigate further the iconography associated Franciscan John of Wales (d. 1285), for example, wrote a preaching treatise called The dogs are not drawn separately, but included as a mnemonic in the leaves. In the VMS, “aiv” patterns are not always preceded by EVA-d. short presentation will introduce the new subject taxonomy search tool that will In this case, the stages were spread over two different folios several pages apart, with commentary in between (Cod. In June 1309 those families exiled set aside their old differences and joined forces to defeat Opizzino and his army at Sestri Ponente, forcing him to take shelter in the castle of Gavi. Also… to suggest that the VMS is full of enciphered charm words would be to ignore line-complexity, and the great variety of sequences that comprise the text. Sometimes they are included in travelogues and novels. Or is it a later addition in another hand? Before I post examples, I want to cover one more thing in folio 116v…. 2). The following charm, added at the end of Arau MS Wett 4, also includes Adonai, Sabaoth, Grege, elyon, and tetragamaton (which also has Hebrew origins). I intended to follow up the blog with more examples years ago, and this blog has been sitting in draft form since June, but other lines of research always intrude on continuing a series so, belatedly, here it is…. February 25, 2019 by Many of the oldest examples of Christian art survive in the Roman catacombs or burial crypts beneath the city. The Voynich Manuscript has a large number of plants in the “big plant drawings” section, and yet there’s nothing that overtly resembles Mandrake. A dog is not included in the image, but is mentioned in the text: The humanoid root appears in early copies of Pseudo-Apuleis with a dog, but still does not have a humanoid face: The anthropomorphic Mandrake was especially popular in the 12th to 15th centuries. This invocation acknowledges his might and power. [7] R. If this seems implausible, look at the object in the nymph’s hand. Hill, Robert C. “Commentary on Psalm 39.” In Commentary on the Psalms, Psalms 1–72, The zodiac figures are traditional, however, are all included in one wheel, and are not of the same iconographic subset as the VMS zodiac figures, but it’s still worth keeping this fresco in mind (the labels in the green band are the months of the year). The preponderance of “a” and “o” (and the proximity of an “r” shape) is also a characteristic of the VMS main text. Tollhouses were installed at regular intervals on major rivers and paths, so the presence of a house attached to the wall might indicate a checkpoint or tollhouse. [6] [1] black glass made in the 13th century depicts Saint Theodore transfixing the The drawings of Guillaume Revel are generally more accurate than castle drawings in storytelling manuscripts because part of his purpose was to document ducal holdings. (The artist does not show the thumb, which would hold the plectrum in place.) These patterns reminded me of magic words (like Abracadabra) and patterns of sound-repetition that have long been associated with ancient magical rites. The echidna’s bill gets longer in proportion to its body as it grows, however, so it looks less like the Luttrell drawing as it matures. Or… perhaps it is in the section with the small plant drawings…. If the VMS drawing has anything to do with meteor events, maybe it chronicles something earlier than the thunderstone of Ensesheim. Often in such scenes, a man sits at a table spread with food and dishes. There are some earlier drawings of “comets”, however, and since the word “comet” was used rather imprecisely at the time, maybe some of these sitings were meteorites. Icons are considered an essential part of the church and serve as mediums of instruction for the uneducated faithful through the … The cross has been a religious icon since the second century and represents Christianity. The walled city has Ghibelline merlons on the front of the complex, but not the back. plant life, like doves, dolphins, fish, palm trees, and fantastic creatures. But are they real or mythical? Procne and Philomela were turned into birds, not stars. Note how each word varies by only one letter. I do think it’s worth considering, however, because the lines are never on the pre-adolescent girls or male nymphs. Or a slip into thinking in Voynichese? $95.00 cloth. Here is an image of a sacred hill atop an alchemists’ cave (such underground laboratories did actually exist, one was unearthed under a chapel complete with shards of numerous vessels): Distillation has a direct relationship to plants and plants like Centaurea (which I think is depicted fairly accurately on folio 2r) were of specific interest to distillers of alcoholic products, both recreational and medicinal. H. Randall, “Popular Romances Carved in Ivory,” in Images in Ivory: Precious Objects of the Gothic Age (Detroit At the end, are Baltasar and Melchior, as in the previous example and, as is common, several crosses (which in some cases indicates a genuflection): Near the end of the sixth line is the now-familiar agla. It was produced around the 1320s or 1330s, but has a murky history. During this “Longest Night,” the planets Saturn and Jupiter will be within a tenth of a degree to one another, appearing to form a single “star.”, While an alignment of Saturn and Jupiter happens about every 20 years, when it happens in 2020 it will be one of the closest alignments of these two planets for over 800 years, and by some accounts since the year 1226. In Greek mythology they are Zeus and Cronus and were sometimes represented by medieval artists as luminous pointed stars, or solid spheres in concentric circles of earth-centered astronomical diagrams, as in this later copy of a Byzantine geocentric model of the cosmos (Fig. panel from England combines many aspects of Michael’s typical iconography: here, February 5, 2020 by 1756–57), 193–205, pl. comprising in situ works of monumental art, such as “Mosaic” and “Fresco”—will [7] But there are portions that resemble charms in terms of pattern, repetition, and successive lengths of tokens, so perhaps some parts of the manuscript were inspired by incantations or charms. A series of round towers, some roofed, some not, are spaced at intervals along the city wall. And it is apparently also the basis of “Ara”, an abbreviation used in a magic square with the following components: Note the similarity of Ara and Ora to “aror” on folio 116v of the VMS. 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. of Art References. They would have been too expensive for most people to afford, even the nobility. They are expressed as figures within three concentric circles. I’ve been intending for years to write about the small-plants section, but it’s a large number of plants, my notes have turned into a dauntingly huge pile, and it’s hard to find time to write it up properly. It’s subtle, whimsical, clever, and irresistibly cheeky. One of the first topics of discussion was the avenues by which viewers encounter medieval iconography in the twenty-first century. It may be a watchtower rather than an entry point. Neverov and A. Durandin, Antique Iconography is a science that focuses on the study of images, and medieval iconography is generally thought of as a reference to medieval Catholic iconography. When I see self-similar patterns, I wonder if there is some formulaic way in which they are generated, other than simply having a couple of letters in common, as might be the case with palindromic magic squares. The types of ivory objects recorded List. It’s hard to find evidence of this style of merlon outside of northern Italy/Lombardy/Bohemia before the latter 15th century and the Cocharelli drawings are from the 14th century when their geographical distribution was quite limited. This is symbolic of heaven and her spirituality. 2nd ed. Anatomically, each part corresponds with the center of a particular human sensorium. September 3, 2020 by Sometimes just owning one of these books could get you imprisoned: Instead of a figure, sometimes the words or letters for alpha and omega are written in the inner circle. The word oladaba8 on 116v is similar to some of the variants on abracadabra. [2] Douglas, A. Vibert, “Historical Significance of Five Conjunctions, 1226–27,” Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada 65 (1971): 129–132. It has a hip gable with globe finials and turrets in the corners, similar to the tower in the center diagram above, but the Powder Tower was not built until 1475 and I couldn’t find any clear pictures of the original tower it replaced. [1] O’Neill, Mike. Holst calls Jupiter “The Bringer of Jollity” and Saturn—colloquially also known as “Father Time”—“The Bringer of Old Age.” These names doubtless influenced the artistic expression in the series of dance performances for Holst’s Planets by the Princeton University Ballet in 2018 linked above. What resemblance has “the rock” to Christ? But it’s something to think about. If the text on 116v is a medical charm, then Ahijah/Ahia/Ahiya would be an appropriate name, as Ahia the Shilonite was called upon in the Bible to be an intermediary between mortals and God in much the same way as Mary is asked to intercede on behalf of mortals in distress. There are sections in which the proportions are even, as in this snippet: However, the longest “aiiiv” pattern falls near the end of the line more often than the beginning: Here’s a full folio (37v) with aiv and oiv patterns highlighted. The merlons in Spain are angled on two sides to create a different shape. Not surprisingly, since many alchemical manuscripts are enigmatic and highly symbolic. Beyond this compound, to the left, there appears to be a walled pathway with buildings and towers at intervals. 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 is a suggestion of a depression in the tops of some of the simpler containers. All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players, They have their exits and entrances, And one man in his time plays many parts, His acts being seven ages…. Notice the “spewy” things, all drawn in similar ways, but each taking a slightly different form (think of hordes of locusts or bees or frogs as are often mentioned in biblical literature): I’ve blogged at length about the “spewy” things in the rosettes folder, never quite knowing what they were, but only that they looked like connections between the inner and outer circles. This search yielded about 30 examples where David was indicating his Another interesting Is the tower-in-a-hole a conduit between this world and the one below? There is a variation on the Wheel of Fortune that has a stronger relationship to astrological/astronomical concepts than the previous examples. On folio 33v, Saturn’s exaltation in Libra is represented by the zodiacal scales, and his dejection in Aries shows him falling headfirst onto the back of a ram. For example, something like this (I created this in a couple of minutes, so it’s not elegant, but it’s good enough to get the idea across). 1756 to 1767. In many manuscript calendar illustrations, the occupational image for February depicts an interior scene, a room in which figures warm themselves before a fireplace. The most common representation is of Michael the Archangel fighting the dragon. But the pattern has an affinity for the ends of tokens and the latter parts of lines and its cousin oiv has a stronger affinity for the beginnings of lines, a pattern that deserves some attention. Since this diagram was created by a card-maker (1515), it is not surprising that some of the outer figures are also found in Tarot cards. The cradle and grave are on the ground, perhaps expressing the idea of “dust to dust”: The verse for the child and the man of 30 are as follows: Eh’ noch das kind fünf Jahr erreicht, Un Unschuld es dem ramme gleicht. When you find something that seems to match, It’s easier to sit back in triumph than to question or discard your own discoveries. Here is a recreation of this fascinating bird: This might seem like a plausible candidate, but the bird is native to the island of Kauai, and died out a long time ago. Spelling was quite variable in the Middle Ages, so I looked up “morax” as a substitute for “morix” and discovered that morax or more commonly marax is a demon, one of the fallen angels—a spirit that could be summoned by Solomon, appearing as a bull. This year a special planetary alignment will occur on December 21st, also­­ the Winter Solstice, when earth’s northern pole is at its greatest tilt away from the Sun. Needle cases were similar to scroll cases, but smaller. Manuscript Illumination On the lower side of the top-right rosette, there is a simple square tower facing the rosette, but the tall tower is probably also a portal tower that faces the pathway on the other side (imagine standing on the rosette and looking toward the “path” as though you are seeing it from the back). 13v). His interests include digital preservation and retrieval, the digital humanities, and information behavior. As always, online access to Peregrinations is free and available to all interested students and scholars. Robert Fludd’s images are often posted on the Voynich.ninja forum due to their structural and textural similarities to some of the VMS drawings. In other words, more than the VMS: So those are some timeline, generational, and staircase formats, but there are also some based around wheels. Paris. The fact that they occur in the same parts of tokens, but in different parts of the line, is revealing. The buildings on the hill have flag finials (perhaps more than actually existed at the time but which were not uncommon in Switzerland and can also be found in Thun, south of Bern): The way the portal-style towers and gates are positioned in the VMS, at significant junctions between landmarks and pathways, makes sense in the context of the Middle Ages, a time when there were many walled cities. A French book of medicine from the early 19th century mentions both abracadabra and its reverse arbadacarba. Agios was also Latinized in the Middle Ages. They are drawn as metal containers, but the one on the right is designed like a Christian monstrance. There’s no guarantee there’s a counterpart in the real world, but since many masks were based on real animals, it remains an open question. These ideas inspired discussion of the difficult balance between the strategies used by database specialists and the kinds of usability expected by twenty-first century researchers. Walls with attached buildings were quite common in the Middle Ages. Moving to the left side of the rosette, facing another “pathway”, there is a wall castle or city with Ghibelline merlons, two unroofed towers, and a tall, narrow hip gable with finials: Note also that the Ghibelline merlons are not on every side. Theodoret’s Commentary on Psalm 38 notes the text’s emphasis on the sinfulness and “lowliness” of human nature and humanity’s need for deliverance, while Augustine wrote of the same psalm that, although the tongue was “prone to slip,” bridling it will help one stand against wicked enemies. To me, the central rosette always looked like a sacred place (probably because of the stars and arches and the central position), but I did not specifically associate it with the sacred mountain of the alchemists until today because many places were considered sacred in the middle ages. [10] Thus, both planets have long been approaching each other in the same direction, yet with enormous discordance. A monstrance would sometimes have glass in the windows: Here is an example of a reliquary shaped like a spice house in a Rhenish copy of Tacuinum sanitatis. to get the most out of the new Index of Medieval Art database by using advanced Is this how compounds were usually built? A figure identified as the Unmerciful Judge sticks out his tongue in the lower margin of a 15th century Manuel des Péchés to illustrate the Exemplum, or lesson, for the Sins of Avarice and Covetousness (Fig. When it is a baby, it sometimes has a light eye-ring or ridge. for Dixi begins Vulgate Psalm 38, verse Many institutions have responded to this this fact by using social media platforms to broaden interest in iconography and connect users to works of art. Jessica Savage. 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). “Lingua More often they were on prominences jutting out into the water closer at sea level, or they were on small islands or rock formations in or near the harbor. As a victorious angel, defender, and leader of heavenly armies, Michael the Archangel is often depicted in medieval art as an armored soldier carrying such arms as a cross-inscribed shield, cross-staff, or the sword or spear he typically employs to fight the dragon in the “great battle of heaven” (Apocalypse 12:7–9; see the Index subject Apocalypse, Dragon Attacked by Michael). See especially the classic Warburgian study by Raymond Klibansky, Erwin Panofsky, and Fritz Saxl, Saturn and Melancholy: Studies in the History of Natural Philosophy, Religion, and Art (London: Nelson, 1964). "Studies in Iconography" (ISSN 0148-1029) is an annual publication, housed at the Index of Medieval Art at Princeton University since October 1999. Even though the sequence SIX MARIX MORIX VIX isn’t sound-similar to the rest of 116v, it is similar to words in charms. So maybe the VMS is alchemical after all. 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