Doodle by bored medieval school boy
This 15th-century doodle is found in the lower margin of a manuscript containing Juvenal’s Satires. This classical text was a popular device to teach young students - kids - morals. The medieval teacher Alexander Nequam stated: “Let the student read the satirists […] so that he may learn even in his younger days that vices are to be shunned” (quote here). Spoken like a true optimist, because this page shows what young school boys like to do with rules: disobey them. And so in stead of studying the student who used this book drew a funny doodle in the lower margin: a figure with a flower in one hand and what appears to be a pipe in the other. Could it be his teacher? Doodles are of all ages but those produced by bored school kids are the most entertaining.
Such a great tumblr, follow and you are bound to enjoy these discoveries
Scene of Recognition Between Abhimanyu and His Demon-Cousin with Their Mothers
Artist/maker unknown, India
Made in western Deccan Region, India, Mid- 19th century
Opaque and transparent watercolor on paper
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Sven Jonson (Swedish, 1902-1981), Blå skymning [Blue dusk], 1954. Oil on canvas, 24 x 33 cm.
oh I love!
Edward Gorey, The Great Veiled Bear. A Future Unremembered Poet of the Seventeenth Century Accepts a Christmas Cookie from the Great Veiled Bear.
Chikuyou Hasegawa(長谷川 竹葉), illustrated plant chart: edible leaves , pungent herbs, mushrooms and seaweed, 1873 .
Hate the obnoxiously reactionary title of this book; love the images! (#4 by El Lissitzky in his Vitebsk tenure)
my-ear-trumpet: “I’m very sorry, Count D’algout. It is most embarrassing, but the lady you brought with you tonight is spreading communist propaganda in the powder room”— from the movie Ninotchka (1939)
Winter is coming! Showing off on the ice almost invariably leads to a clumsy fall.
The word “clumsy” actually appears in some Eighteenth-Century Fiction articles, which surprised me. All the essays below are free to read at the journal archive: