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Posts Tagged ‘Medieval illustrations’

The Drolatic Dreams of Pantagruel (1565)

Tuesday, 1 October 2019

“In 1565, twelve years after the death of François Rabelais (1494-1553) — the French Renaissance author best known for his satirical masterpiece The Life of Gargantua and of Pantagruel, the bawdy tale of two giants, Gargantua and his son Pantagruel — the Parisian bookseller and publisher Richard Breton brought out Les songes drolatiques de Pantagruel (The drolatic dreams of Pantagruel). The slim volume, save a short preface from Breton, is made up entirely of images — 120 woodcuts depicting a series of fantastically bizarre and grotesque figures, reminiscent of some of the more inventive and twisted creations of Brueghel or Bosch.”
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“Despite the claims (echoed too in the book’s subtitle), the book’s wonderful images are very unlikely to be the work of Rabelais himself — the attribution probably a clever marketing ploy by Breton. […] The creator of the prints is now widely thought to be François Desprez, a French engraver and illustrator behind two other sets of imaginative designs, similar in style.”

Those prints remind me of Jim Woodring’s stuff.

[Images and commentary from here.]

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Medieval WTF

Thursday, 2 March 2017

medeval-wtf

A long, long time ago this painting made complete sense.

There’s a wood-fired forge, anvils, metal working tools, a peacock, a gryphon(?!) a deer and a bigass possum watching a naked man without genitalia cringe as a woman takes an axe to a parrot while the wind is blowing.

It’s an illustration from a French manuscript entitled The Personification of Nature Making Birds, Animals and People [ca. 1405].

Okay, so Mother Nature had already finished creating The BirdsThe Animals and at least one of The People, but then she realized that the poor guy needed a pecker. If anyone else has a better analysis, post it, because I’m done here.

[Image found here.]

Greater Than Great Hot Links

Sunday, 5 July 2015

Duck People

Mr. Rogers’ acceptance speech.

For those who think wearing rings with monster eyes makes you look cool, they’re available here [via here].

Children’s songs, 1970s Belfast

Medieval illustrations of cats licking their butts [via].

Propaganda vs. reality.

Okay, this is brilliant.

bestrooftalkever:

Great Barrington – Business is Greater than Great! 

It appears that someone/some people have created a YouTube channel about the town of Great Barrington, MA that has a video for EVERY business in the town.

The song is the same in all of the videos and each video is just filled with some exteriors of the business.

I am obsessed.

this is real, people. and it’s realer than real.

It’s true. Business in Great Barrington is greater than great, and here’s proof:

Watch the entire play list. I know where I want to go on my next vacation, and I’ll check each establishment off my bucket list one at a time. Wait for the Great Barrington Cemetery
It’s greater than great.

[Top image from here.]

 

 

 

 

 

 


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