To the artist, the forest is an asylum of peace and dancing shadows.
John F. Carlson (May 05, 1875 - May 19, 1947) born in Sweden
I’ve been the pear’s
And this, too—
our senses crave
crave even more
than they can bear.
Gregory Orr, section 4 “Both” of “Paradise Lightning Dazzle,” from The Caged Owl: New & Selected Poems (Copper Canyon Press, 2002)
Segments of The Apocalypse Tapestry, woven between 1377 and 1382 by Nicolas Bataille.
Once in a while, on my viral journeys through Middle Ages, I come upon something so different and so strong that it instantly reminds me how centuries can be obliterated in a second.
This piece is undeniably ahead of it’s time and it opened to me the world of Nikolaus Gerhaert. According to his Wiki page he is considered to be the most influential northern European sculptor of the 15th century, and it’s easy to see why.
He had a lot of followers which he heavily influenced, but his realism remains unparalleled.
image: Currently resides in the Musée de l’Œuvre Notre-Dame in Strasbourg. Called the Buste d’homme accoudé (1467), it is believed to be a self-portrait.
Medieval book made of fish skin
Here’s something special. You are looking at a handsome 15th-century Arabic manuscript - a Kuran - with a most peculiar shape: the pages are round and have a pointy tip on the right-hand side. It looks kind of fishy. Literally, it turns out, because the leaves are made out of fish skin. Before today I never heard of medieval manuscripts made from fish. In fact, when I encountered the Kuran in the Flickr account of the Mama Haldara Library in Timbuktu, where it is kept, I first thought it was a ruse - a whopper. Some digging around revealed, however, that fish skin is a most suitable material for parchment, as well as for the “leather” covers of bookbindings. It made total sense, of course, for book producers in the coastal regions of Western African to turn to fish, which are up for grabs there. Still, very few fish-made books appear to have been identified as such. When you cut the skins into rectangular sheets (and remove the pointy tail bits!) you can’t really tell that the animal was a swimmer rather than a walker. This splashy book is therefore quite the thing.
Pic: Timbuktu, Mama Haldara Library, MS 9167 (Kuran, 15th century). This is the source of the image and here it is confirmed that the pages are made from fish skin. Here are some examples of bookbindings made from fish skin and in this piece you find a scholarly study showing the skin’s suitability for bindings and parchment.
John Ruskin, The North West Porch of St Marks, Venice 1877
pencil, watercolour, and bodycolour, 64.8 x 77 cm
"I am astonished, as I draw the veil off things with words, how much, how infinitely more than I can say, I have observed."
Virginia Woolf, from The Waves (Hogarth Press, 1931)
"I want to be with those who know secret things
or else alone."
Rainer Maria Rilke (via creatingaquietmind)
A collection of picturesque beach images featuring Oroma Elewa and a friend on Mikadi Beach in Kigamboni, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, wearing pieces designed by Yodit Eklund for Bantu Wax. Art direction was also done by Oroma Elewa herself.
All Africa, All the time.
'Stop looking at yourself and see the world' - François Arnaud for L’Officiel Italia [x]
MYTHOLOGY MEME / (2/3) Locations
In Greek Mythology, The Garden of the Hesperides is Hera's orchard in the west, where either a single tree or a grove of immortality-giving golden apples grew. The apples were planted from the fruited branches that Gaia gave to Hera as a wedding gift when Hera accepted Zeus. The Hesperides were given the task of tending to the grove, but occasionally plucked from it themselves. Not trusting them, Hera also placed in the garden a never-sleeping, hundred-headeddragon named Ladon as an additional safeguard.
Richard de Fournival, Bestiaire d’amours, Hainaut ca. 1285.
BnF, Français 412, fol. 234r