Tag Archives: 15th century

Le Chansonnier Cordiforme de Jean de Montchenu A heart-shaped…

Le Chansonnier Cordiforme de Jean de Montchenu

A heart-shaped manuscript commissioned in Savoy between 1460 and 1477, by Jean de Montchenu, bishop of Agen and Vivier.

The work contains 43 songs in French and Italian; a facsimile (including recordings of the music) is available.

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A few of the 25 amazing woodcuts from Apocalipsis cum figuris,…

A few of the 25 amazing woodcuts from Apocalipsis cum figuris, 1498, by Albrecht Dürer.

This book was recently digitized by the Houghton Library at Harvard. The illustrations are thought to have been hand-coloured according to Dürer’s own specifications.

All of the images can be viewed online.

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“Those who wish to master this Science therefore need to…

“Those who wish to master this Science therefore need to sharpen their wits most subtly and ingeniously; to ponder and deliberate as much as possible upon both the inner and the outer meanings of the words of the Sages; and to show a willingness to examine them from various points of view.”

Illustraitons from the Aurora Consurges, a 15th Century illuminated alchemical treatise.

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