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At first glance, this gold plaque may not look like much. But don't go away just yet. If you take a look at the zoom version, it will probably delight you, as it did me. Ca. 750 B.C., Iranian Kurdistan.
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(This is a completed, revised version of a previously posted entry. )
I want to look over Ms. HM 1124, an early 14th century French Book of Hours that belongs to the Huntington Library, California. (from the Digital Scriptorium)
It is useful to divide the images of Ms. HM1124 into four sections. The first section contains the inevitable liturgical calendar --
January, beginning, f. 1r
January - February, ff. 1v-2r
February - March, ff. 2v-3r
March - April, ff. 3v-4r
April - May, ff. 4v-5r
May - June, ff. 5v-6r
June - July, ff. 6v-7r
July - August, ff. 7v-8r
August - September, ff. 8v-9r
September - October, ff. 9v-10r
October - November, ff. 10v-11r
November - December, ff. 11v-12r
December, end, f. 12v
The second section contains five portraits --
Virgin Mary teaching the Christ Child to read, f. 13r
St John the Evangelist, f. 21r
St Mark the Evangelist, f. 22v
St Matthew the Evangelist, f. 23v
St Luke the Evangelist, f. 25r
The next section is a special one. It presents sets of facing pages, with a scene from the Passion on the left (in grisaille), and one from Christ's early life on the right (in color) --
Betrayal of Jesus, f. 26r
Christ before Pilate, Annunciation, ff. 36v-37r
Scourging at the Pillar, Visitation, ff. 51v-52r
Mocking of Jesus, Nativity, ff. 61v-62r (especially good)
Pilate washing his hands; Annunciation to the Shepherds, ff. 65v-66r
Road to Calvary, Adoration of the Magi, ff. 69v-70r
Crucifixion, Presentation in the Temple, ff. 73v-74r
Deposition from the Cross, Flight into Egypt, ff. 77v-78r
Entombment of Christ, Assumption of the Virgin, ff. 84v-85r
The fourth, and final, section contains a variety of decorated text pages and illustrated Biblical scenes --
Virgin, surrounded by her attributes, f. 91v
Meeting of Joachim and Anne, f. 100r
Risen Christ and emblems of the Passion, f. 106r
Angels holding chalice (of blood?), f.n 110r
Pentecost, f. 118v
David penitent, f. 123r
Text, with initials FM (Francisco de Mello), ff. 138v-139r (interesting)
Raising of Lazarus, (in grisaille), f. 140r
Text, with St Christopher, ff. 178v-179r
Colophon and Coat of arms, f. 188v
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An untitled poem by Issa, full of consolation --
In these latter-day,
In these latter-day,
Posted at 11:31 PM in Poetry, Zen | Permalink
Twelve intriguing quilts at the Minneapolis Institute of Art site. Of these, the loveliest might be the Rose of Sharon quilt, made ca. 1850.
Posted at 06:17 PM in Americana | Permalink
For future reference I want to make just a quick note here on Sonnet 73, by William Shakespeare.
This poem contains one of my best-loved lines of poetry -- "Bare ruin'd choirs, where late the sweet birds sang"
Only this afternoon, however, did I become aware of the rhythmic, wise, last line, "[ ] Love that well which thou must leave ere long." Wonderful!
Posted at 05:11 PM in Poetry, Quotations | Permalink
Sainte Chapelle, Paris, France. Built around 1243-48 by King Louis IX (St. Louis). Here are four views of the interior --
Painted sculptural decoration, north wall.
Stained glass roundels, south wall.
Shrine, with lancet windows, facing east (detail).
Posted at 04:40 PM in Cathedrals and churches, Stained glass | Permalink
Hidden canyons of the Southwest (26 photos).
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This Pictures of England site is really something else!
To get a feel for its possibilities, try the section on Kent, which has 37 photos. Or have a look at these --
Cambridge (29 photos);
Oxford (a whopping 75 pictures!)
You could also try the entire category of Abbeys and cathedrals. These include --
Bath Abbey (17 photos)
York Minster (23) (These are especially good.)
Posted at 10:31 AM in Photography, Travel | Permalink