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A Hedgehog, 1270. Tempera colors, gold leaf, and ink on parchment.
I’ve been trying to draw something
at least somewhat finishedeveryday. This is day three!
A Man and a Woman among Burning Stones 1270. Tempera colors, gold leaf, and ink on parchment.
Juxtaposing Vietnam’s incredible past and present.
Vietnamese photographer Khánh Hmoong combines visuals from two eras within one frame. By holding a superimposed photograph from the past over his chosen landscape, Hmoong merges two periods of time, juxtaposing their similarities and differences. Each photograph is meticulously aligned within its original destination, exposing the changes that have occurred in the area. The effects of time are visible through the environment’s shift in architecture, the people’s fashion choices, and the transformation in transportation - whether it be a modernization from horses to vehicles or simply from dated automotive models to modern design.
Regardless of location, comparing the past and present through images is always a fascinating look at history and change. Hmoong’s series reveals so much about the history of Vietnam without words and actually makes the viewer want to learn more.
Via My Modern Met.
Medieval Justice Rabbit Style
If by chance you have followed this blog since July, you may remember my post on ‘babooneries’; curious anthropomorphic primates getting up to all kinds of mischief in the margins of medieval illuminated manuscripts. On a similar note, Rabbit Justice:
The hunt of the hares is a recurring motif in the margins of medieval manuscripts. [Usually] the motif is just your average scene of hunters and hounds chasing rabbits with the principles reversed so that its the rabbits hunting the most dangerous game of all. But this series of images from the lower margins of the British Library’s MS royal 10 E IV takes rabbit vengeance to the next level.
We begin with a rabbit taking down a hunting hound with a volley of arrows. You might think the hound is done for, but … the hound is merely wounded until he’s weak enough to be captured … and tied up … Next stop for the hound is the rabbit judicial system, where he stands trial before a rabbit judge.
The verdict is swift and certain. The hound is bound and carried in a cart to the gallows, for, you see, the sentence was death by hanging. But wait, there’s one final insult. Flip the page of the manuscript and we find that some months later the hound’s grave is desecrated … by another hound!
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Pretty medieval manuscript of the day is a sixteenth century illuminated manuscript belonging to the cathedral at Toledo.
Image source: Photographed by Shakko and Creative Commons licensed via Wikimedia Commons.