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Odd Imagery

Wildman on a Unicorn

“Wild man riding a unicorn, his body covered with leaves and on his head a crown of branches”

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Master of the Amsterdam Cabinet. Wildman on a Unicorn, 1473 – 1477. Rijksmuseum, public domain.

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Curious Text

Anathomia

Anathomia is Greek for “Anatomies”. These illustrations are from a book by “Pseudo-Galen”, a person impersonating the Greek physician Claudius Galenus.

Galen, Pseudo. Anathomia, 15th Century. Wellcome Collection, Public Domain License.

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Odd Imagery

Death of Simon Magus (1493)

Simon performs magic to levitate and prove himself to be a god. The Apostle Peter prays God to stop Simon. God does so. Peter was probably just jealous – who doesn’t want to levitate!

by Unknown.

Image is from Wikimedia Commons and is under Public Domain License.

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Odd Imagery

Sacred Dragon of the Babylonians

Ahh yes the Sacred Dragon of the Babylonians. The lack of Context, as always, adds to the unusualness. ? I think the sacred dragon looks to be in the first image, but he is all distorted by time. He lost his sacredness!!

Image Source One, and Two. Images are from Wikimedia Commons and are under Public Domain License.

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Odd Imagery

Death and the Centaur

A contest between man and beast, symbolic of the struggle against dark forces. From the book ‘Hours of Charles’.

Meckenem, Israhel Van. Death and the Centaur, (15th Century). Gallica Digital Library and Wikimedia Commons, Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported 

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Odd Imagery

Saint George Slaying The Dragon

Saint George is slaying the dragon that demanded human sacrifices. Thereby rescuing the princess chosen as the next offering.

Schongauer, Martin. Saint George Slaying the Dragon, 15th Century. Metropolitan Museum of Art and Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain Dedication.

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Odd Imagery

Purgatory

This is one of the paintings from the “Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry“. This shows purified souls in Purgatory showing souls trapped in water, and fire, on rocky and grassy land where they are rescued by Angels. Beasts (probably Demons) surround a soul.

Limbourg brothers. Purgatory, 15th Century. Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain License.

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Odd Imagery

Death and The Miser (1485)

Is the Miser’s room filled with demons or weird-looking pets? Or Both?!

Bosch, Hieronymus. Death and The Miser, 1485. National Gallery of Art and Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain License.

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Odd Imagery

Memento Mori

Memento Mori is Latin for “Remember that you will die”. In art, it is an artistic or symbolic reminder of morality. This image certainly lives dies up to the name.

Zowelle, I. A. M. Memento Mori, late 15th century. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Public Domain Dedication License. Information is from Wikipedia(CC BY-SA 3.0).