J.P sigilo
J.P sigilo
Hildegard Von Bingen manuscript

The Blasphemer and the Dragon. Large dragon with outspread wings, a hybrid with human bust (the blasphemer), emerges from its mouth, raising a finger.- Oracula, Leo the Wise, 1577

Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179)- Lucca Codex (Liber Divinorum Operum) Table 4: The circle of life
Sigilo de Aemeth

Carnation. Dianthus caryophyllus.

Neptune by Felice Casorati

Bibliothèque nationale de France, Latin 1370 f. 212v (St. Denis). Horae ad usum Parisiensem , dites Heures de Charles VIII. 1475-1500.

Mâcon - BM - ms. 0001, detail of f. 019. St. Augustine, La Cité de Dieu. Paris, c.1480.

(Capricorn). Book of Hours, 15th-16th century, Lyon, Bibliothèque municipale, 5140, f.013v

Circular song
Medieval music books, with their merry notes jumping off the page, are a pleasure to look at. This sensational page from the 14th century adds to this experience in a most unusual manner. It presents a well-known song, the French ballade titled En la maison Dedalus (In the house of Dedalus), be it that the scribe decided to write both music and lyrics in a circular form. There is reason behind this madness. The maze created by music and words locks up the main character of the song, the mythological figure Ariadne, who is a prisoner in the house of Daedalus - she is represented by the red dot. The book contains treatises on music theory, notation, tuning and chant. In other words, it was meant for experts readers. The beholder likely enjoyed the challenge of singing a circular song (did he or she spin the book around?) and how it held its subject hostage in the merriest of ways.
Pic: Berkeley, Music Library, MS 744 (made in Paris in 1375). More about the manuscript here, including more unusual images. This is a study of the book (the ballade is discussed at p. 14).

Bathsheba dressed in transparent muslin standing near a fountain, 15th century

Stanley Roy Badmin 1906 - 1989
The Old Ash   1929