Sunday, April 19, 2009

Medieval Image of the Day

So What have I been doing... scalding my hands in hot water and WASHING fleece... 2 down and 2 to go. (both dry)

In honor of this accomplishment and in honor of those fabulous shearers who separate the fleece from the sheep (an art form I assure you!) I post this image from the 'Brevarium Grimani'.

This Brevary was commissioned by Pope Sixtus IV, who ruled btw 1471-1484. Sadly for him he died before it was finished. It is to our benefit that it has survived. Eventually around the tiem of its completion it came into the hands of Domenico Grimani. His family presented it to the library (in Venice)Biblioteca Marciana, Venice (St. Mark’s Library - where it is still housed), Venice in 1546. Artists who are cited as its creators are Memime Antonio da Messina, Horebout, Levien van Antwerp. The entire Brevary is 1580 pages long. Note that these are flemish artists and critiques written cite this as a flemish work. (I'm not judging... just reporting).

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