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Medieval animals made out of words
This is a special book from the early Middle Ages (France, 9th century). Not only does it contain a high volume of very attractive images, but these images are also not what you would expect: they are drawn, as it were, with words. They illustrate Cicero’s Aratea, a work of astronomy. Each animal represents a constellation and the written words in them are taken from an explanatory text by Hyginus (his Astronomica). His words are crucial for these images because the drawings would not exist without them. It is not often in medieval books that image and text have such a symbiotic relationship, each depending on the other for its very existence.
Pics (BL): London, British Library, Harley 647 (France, 9th century). The manuscript is available fully digitized here. More about illustrated Aratea manuscripts here. English extracts from Hyginus’ texts are found here (including the swan).
I haven’t had much to say lately, but I will say that I am feeling positive, I am happy, and I am grateful. This year has been a new adventure, to say the least, but from each experience and event I am coming out a better and stronger person. This recent stint has perhaps been among the most troublesome, trying, and difficult times yet but I am slowly coming back to that grounded place I have worked so very hard to reach.
All you need is love and in all aspects of life.
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Week and end highlights: meeting so many new faces and personalities in Eastmain, James Bay, learning to play broom ball, meat reunion, trip to Nunavut, security breach at LG-2, finger painting, and snuggle reunions with some of my favourite people.
So much to write about so much.
Life is happening.