Aurora Consurgens (att: St. Thomas Aquinas or “Pseudo-Aquinas”)
f. 34v: Black Female Angel
Germany (c. 1420s)
Parchment Codex with Watercolor Miniatures, 20.4 x 13.9 cm.
This is one of those manuscript miniatures that is so beautiful and strange, it’s hard to believe it’s really as old as it is. Aurora Consurgens is an alchemical treatise; a commentary on the Latin translation of Silvery Waters by Muhammed ibn Umail at-Tamîmî (Senior Zadith), attributed first to Saint Thomas Aquinas and later attributed to “Pseudo-Aquinas”.
The miniatures are unusual not only for their quality, but also for the fact that they’re tiny watercolor paintings on the parchment codex. The whole text has been digitized here, and you can read like you were holding it:
a few quick bunny sketches; not much time to draw lately and looking forward to some free time over a long weekend to do some work. Will probably do a lot more bunny sketches; tons of them in the backyard and a giant bunny hole too.
So there’s this post going around tumblr that says,
you know those people that can literally carry on a conversation with anyone are amazing like wow how do you do that
And while I know this is one of these tumblr rhetorical questions, I bet a lot of people would like…
elyssediamond submitted to medievalpoc:
"Detail of a page from a 13th century Abbreviatio (abridgement) of Domesday Book. A black man wearing brightly coloured stockings is suspended from the initial letter ‘I’."
The National Archives
I totally want those socks.
100% real dachshund behavior