This image [below], of a naked man holding a boulder as both hurtle down towards a meeting with what may be a homunculus playing with an airborne dog, puzzles some scholars who study medieval documents. It — and many other unexpected drawings, quite a few of which feature naked people pursuing vigorous activities — populate […]
Marginal images: Medieval trumpet and voiding
Peculiar drawings in the margins enliven a manuscript, made in or around the year 1350, of Jacques de Longuyon‘s poem ” Les Voeux du Paon” (English translation: “Vows of the Peacock”). The Morgan Library owns a copy (Morgan Library MS G 24) and has put some of these images online. Here are a few, each […]
Which witch drawings for Halloween?
As Halloween draws near, some people draw drawings of witches.Which size witch they draw depends on the day, suggests a study resented at the seventieth Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association: August 30-September 5, 1962, in St. Louis, Missouri. The following year, a formal study was published: “Size of Halloween witch drawings prior to, on, […]