मण्डल

Circular manifestations of the religious, esoteric, and inviolable

Woodcut illustration of one of Giordano Bruno’s mnemonic devices:
in the spandrels are the four classical elements: earth, air fire, water
1910-again:

Attributed to Giuliano Pesello, The Celestial Hemesphere in the Sagrestia Vecchia ca.1442

1910-again:

Attributed to Giuliano Pesello, The Celestial Hemesphere in the Sagrestia Vecchia ca.1442

erikkwakkel:

Circular song
Medieval music books, with their merry notes jumping off the page, are a pleasure to look at. This sensational page from the 14th century adds to this experience in a most unusual manner. It presents a well-known song, the French ballade titled En la maison Dedalus (In the house of Dedalus), be it that the scribe decided to write both music and lyrics in a circular form. There is reason behind this madness. The maze created by music and words locks up the main character of the song, the mythological figure Ariadne, who is a prisoner in the house of Daedalus - she is represented by the red dot. The book contains treatises on music theory, notation, tuning and chant. In other words, it was meant for experts readers. The beholder likely enjoyed the challenge of singing a circular song (did he or she spin the book around?) and how it held its subject hostage in the merriest of ways.
Pic: Berkeley, Music Library, MS 744 (made in Paris in 1375). More about the manuscript here, including more unusual images. This is a study of the book (the ballade is discussed at p. 14).

erikkwakkel:

Circular song

Medieval music books, with their merry notes jumping off the page, are a pleasure to look at. This sensational page from the 14th century adds to this experience in a most unusual manner. It presents a well-known song, the French ballade titled En la maison Dedalus (In the house of Dedalus), be it that the scribe decided to write both music and lyrics in a circular form. There is reason behind this madness. The maze created by music and words locks up the main character of the song, the mythological figure Ariadne, who is a prisoner in the house of Daedalus - she is represented by the red dot. The book contains treatises on music theory, notation, tuning and chant. In other words, it was meant for experts readers. The beholder likely enjoyed the challenge of singing a circular song (did he or she spin the book around?) and how it held its subject hostage in the merriest of ways.

Pic: Berkeley, Music Library, MS 744 (made in Paris in 1375). More about the manuscript here, including more unusual images. This is a study of the book (the ballade is discussed at p. 14).

Samantabhadra Buddha Mandala

thriley:

The first five days of creation according to the book of Genesis.

From The Nuremberg Chronicle circa 1493

(via luminousinsect)

medieval:

Hortus Deliciarum Leviathan
German Romanesque ca. 1170 

medieval:

Hortus Deliciarum Leviathan

German Romanesque ca. 1170 

demonagerie:

Bibliothèque nationale de France, Latin 920 f. 2v (Creation). Book of Hours, use of Rome. 15th century

demonagerie:

Bibliothèque nationale de France, Latin 920 f. 2v (Creation). Book of Hours, use of Rome. 15th century

(via la-bas)

speciesbarocus:

Delle allvsioni, imprese, et emblemi del Sig. Principio Fabricii da Teramo sopra la vita, opere, et attioni di Gregorio XIII pontefice massimo (1588). [x]
> Engravings by Natale Bonifacio.

speciesbarocus:

Delle allvsioni, imprese, et emblemi del Sig. Principio Fabricii da Teramo sopra la vita, opere, et attioni di Gregorio XIII pontefice massimo (1588). [x]

> Engravings by Natale Bonifacio.

suspicious-fern:

“Creation Starts Spontaneously” from “Utriusqui cosmi maioris scilicet et minoris metaphysica,” Robert Fludd. 1617

suspicious-fern:


“Creation Starts Spontaneously”
from “Utriusqui cosmi maioris scilicet et minoris metaphysica,” Robert Fludd. 1617

(via fhtagn-nagh)

blue-voids:

Max Ernst - Birth of a Galaxy, 1969

blue-voids:

Max Ernst - Birth of a Galaxy, 1969