Pretty medieval manuscript of the day is a lovely Romanesque initial. I chose it because of the fish. I spent a lot of this weekend looking at the fish in my new pond, so aquatics are on my mind. This book was produced in Canterbury during the twelfth century.
“Selected pages from the Spätgotisches Musterbuch des Stephan Schriber, a manuscript which appears to be some kind of sketchbook, belonging to a 15th century monk working in South-West Germany, where ideas and layouts for illuminated manuscripts were tried out and skills developed.”
I encountered these hugging figures in a 12th-century manuscript today. The two accompany an astronomical text and represent the constellation Gemini. I like it how they peek at the beholder, how they are willing to share an intimate scene with us. Their generous gesture jumps off the page.
Pic (my own): Leiden, Universiteitsbibliotheek, MS BPL 92 (12th century).
Medieval bookmark, 14th - Early 15th Century “Rotating bookmarks were a special kind of bookmark used in medieval Europe. They were attached to a string, along which a marker could be slid up and down to mark a precise level on the page. Attached to the marker was a rotating disk that could indicate the column (usually numbered one to four, indicating the two columns on the left-hand page, and the two columns on the right-hand page).”