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Aurora oder Matuta, a watercolour sketch of comet Aurora, 1587,…

Aurora oder Matuta, a watercolour sketch of comet Aurora, 1587, author and illustrator unknown.

One of several great comet illustrations on BibliOdyssey’s post about the 16th Century Kometenbuch. Scans of the book, of which two copies exist today, are available on the website of the Universitätsbibliothek Kassel.

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October, 1529: troops of the Holy Roman Empire laid siege to…

October, 1529: troops of the Holy Roman Empire laid siege to Florence, Italy. A committee called the “Nine of the Militias” was appointed to construct defences for the city, and one of the nine was Michelangelo Buonarroti. Michelangelo was ultimately made “governor and general prosecutor of fortifications”.

Due to treachery on one hand and the sudden illness of Francesco Ferruccio on the other, Florence ultimately fell in the summer of 1530. The victors began to enact their revenge upon the defenders and Michelangelo went into hiding in a small corridor underneath the New Sacristy of the Basilica of San Lorenzo, where he had been working on Medici tombs.

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Illustrations from “Les Songes drôlatiques de Pantagruel,…

Illustrations from “Les Songes drôlatiques de Pantagruel, où sont contenues plusieurs figures de l’invention de maistre François Rabelais, et dernière oeuvre d’iceluy, pour la récréation des bons esprits”.
Attributed to French engraver François Desprez, 1565.

Viewable online on the BNF’s website.

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Some 16th Century illustrations from a book of anatomical tables…


MS Hunter 364 frontispiece


MS Hunter 364 Table 5


MS Hunter 364 Table 6


MS Hunter 364 Table 3

Some 16th Century illustrations from a book of anatomical tables commissioned by English surgeon John Banister.

The frontispiece depicts Banister delivering a lecture at the Barber-Surgeons’ Hall in London, ca. 1580. The other images depict the nervous system and the skeleton.

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Study for the Family Portrait of Thomas More By Hans Holbein…

Study for the Family Portrait of Thomas More

By Hans Holbein the Younger, ca. 1527.

This sketch was a study for a painting, which was apparently destroyed by fire in the 18th Century. Copies of the painting survive, however, such as this one made by Rowland Lockey created around 1594.

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