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Fafner
Saturday, July 28th, 2007, 09:36 PM
Post pictures, reliefs or sculptures of medieval art like those on manuscripts that look like cartoons, bah... the medieval art we all know :P (inexistent perspective, lack of proportions and smiley or unexpressive faces of dying people :runaway ). Take this as an example:

http://www.gwu.edu/~humsci/courses/devils.GIF
Illustration of the Grandes Chroniques de France, XIV cent.

Quite funny, huh? :D

Aeternitas
Saturday, July 28th, 2007, 10:22 PM
http://z.about.com/d/atheism/1/7/5/0/3/WitchRitualKissSatan-e.jpg

Description:

The above image depicts the "Witch's Kiss." It was believe that part of the rite of becoming a witch in Satan's service involved kissing Satan's rear. It should be remembered that insofar as there existed anyone who practiced the healing and divination techniques of older pagan traditions, they wouldn't have had anything to do with Satan. After all, Satan is a creation of Christianity and monotheistic traditions. Any "witches" who existed were pantheists or polytheists and wouldn't have believed in a Satan.
Source (http://atheism.about.com/od/christianityviolence/ig/Christian-Persecution-Witches/Witches-Satan-Kiss-Witchcraft.htm)

Ælfhere
Saturday, July 28th, 2007, 10:55 PM
I know its not technically medieval, but I've always thought this one was amusing. Its an anti-Protestant drawing of Martin Luther portrayed as a bagpipe being played by the devil. I LOVE grotesque medieval art. :thumbsup

http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d32/Ratatosk2/LutherAndDevil_350x465.gif

Fafner
Sunday, July 29th, 2007, 01:01 AM
http://z.about.com/d/atheism/1/7/5/0/3/WitchRitualKissSatan-e.jpg


I saw a representation of this image in a danish silent film called Häxan (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H%C3%A4xan) (1922) done by Benjamin Christensen. A really good film. One of the best films I've ever seen ;)

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/9/90/Haxan.jpg

Fafner
Sunday, July 29th, 2007, 01:04 AM
I know its not technically medieval, but I've always thought this one was amusing. Its an anti-Protestant drawing of Martin Luther portrayed as a bagpipe being played by the devil. I LOVE grotesque medieval art. :thumbsup

http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d32/Ratatosk2/LutherAndDevil_350x465.gif

I don't know why, but for some reason that picture reminds me Queen's Innuendo Album

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/f/f7/Queen_Innuendo.png

:runaway

Fafner
Sunday, July 29th, 2007, 01:15 AM
a harpist goat :P

http://www.arteguias.com/imagenes2/cabraarpa.jpg

a bad-tempered griffin (Westminster bestiary)

http://www.talleraquitania.com/images/images_g/063em.jpg

A siege during the crusades

http://bss.sfsu.edu/jrodriguez/courses/640/crusades.jpg

This guys didn't have any problem on showing some blood or even some intestines (take a look at the guy cutted by the sword (called fauchard) :D

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/d8/Biblia_de_Maciejowski_miniatura_h10.jpg

:runaway

Leofric
Sunday, July 29th, 2007, 01:53 AM
I'm just guessing here, but I think the reason they suppose that a witch's initiation must have involved kssing Satan's behind is because of an actual Catholic tradition of the time.

In monasteries of the late medieval period, it had become customary in the initiation rituals of new monks to have series of holy kisses, the last of which was to be given in ano according to the old manuscripts.

I would guess that they figured that since even Catholic monks (who were obviously the holiest of men) engaged in such unsavory activities, certainly witches (who were obviously evil incarnate) must have done the same.

If only they knew that it was actually just the emasculated and decadent Catholic monks doing such nasty things. . . .

I for one am grateful that they have depicted this witch's kiss simply in gluteo rather than the rather more hardcore Catholic version.





A siege during the crusades

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This guys didn't have any problem on showing some blood or even some intestines (take a look at the guy cutted by the sword (called fauchard)

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Where did you get these two images, Fafner? They're wonderful!

Ælfhere
Sunday, July 29th, 2007, 02:01 AM
I'm just guessing here, but I think the reason they suppose that a witch's initiation must have involved kssing Satan's behind is because of an actual Catholic tradition of the time.

I remember reading somewhere about how the bishops of Jerusalem during the Middle Ages were considered so holy that incense was actually made out of their excrement. It was so popular that eventually they had to use the waste of lesser clergymen to fill the demand. Anything to make a buck! :doh

Fafner
Sunday, July 29th, 2007, 04:09 PM
Where did you get these two images, Fafner? They're wonderful!

Thanks, actually roaming Google:P .

The one of the siege I took it from here:
http://bss.sfsu.edu/jrodriguez/

The bloody one from here:

http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faussar
(it's in Spanish so you may not understand the explanations, but you can read it here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fauchard)

BTW, interesting explanation of the "kiss"

Fafner
Sunday, July 29th, 2007, 08:03 PM
Take a look at the complete Codex Manesse (http://digi.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/diglit/cpg848/).

Here is an example:

http://www.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/ebind/docs/cpg848/cpg848031.jpg

:D

Fafner
Tuesday, July 31st, 2007, 11:18 PM
Some others...

http://www.croatianhistory.net/gif/herman.jpg

Croatian student, Herman Dalmatin.

http://jolith.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2006/06/siembra%20y%20recoleccion%20de%20trigo.j pg

Sowing and harvest of wheat.

http://www.ujaen.es/investiga/cts380/historia/fig-6.jpg

Detail of a manuscript about treatments of wounds in the School of Salerno, Italy (because of the patients faces and gests, it seems like if they were just giving some fresh air to their innards :screwy :P )

YEAH BABY! LET'S ROCK!!!

http://w3.cnice.mec.es/eos/MaterialesEducativos/mem2001/musica/La%20musica%20antigua%20espa%F1ola/cant120.jpg

Miniature of the Cantigas de Santa María

:D

Kurtz
Wednesday, August 1st, 2007, 01:36 AM
Here are the results of I browsing my collection of ancient pictures.

Nothing is as fancy as a tale told on a tapestry:
http://img262.imageshack.us/img262/7052/harolddeadbayeuxtapestrxj3.png

Here is a very nice illustration of a Totendanz (even though it's far from being funny at the first sight, I am sure people of these times were both afraid and laughting at pictures like this one)
http://img295.imageshack.us/img295/8809/tanieckh9.jpg

Would any of you guess what the whole is all about, with a supporting like that:
http://img169.imageshack.us/img169/4452/devenandicomavibusya0.jpg

Watch out for old pervs on small boats, you young and fresh gals!
http://img108.imageshack.us/img108/5023/gallenkallelatheainotriwn8.jpg

The pain is always more bearable when you have one old chummy to help you:
http://www.moyenageenlumiere.com/admin/imagefiles/grande/imglyonx0351.jpg

Looks tasty, isn't? (From an edition of Sturluson's Edda, if I recall correctly)
http://img46.imageshack.us/img46/4726/yumyumoxheadxx6.jpg

If you want a bathroom's floor made up of Xerces' Immortals...
http://img526.imageshack.us/img526/4972/archersfriezedariuspalatp9.jpg

More are probably on the way, if you wish

Fafner
Wednesday, August 1st, 2007, 09:01 PM
Nothing is as fancy as a tale told on a tapestry

Aah! Good ol' Bayeux tapestry... Never fails! :D


Here is a very nice illustration of a Totendanz (even though it's far from being funny at the first sight, I am sure people of these times were both afraid and laughting at pictures like this one)

You may like this one:

Dance of Death by Hans Holbein the Elder (http://www.godecookery.com/macabre/holdod/holdod.htm)


More are probably on the way, if you wish

Sure! BTW, really interesting pictures :P