Who knows, Robin? This strange mixing of minds may be the greatest single service ever performed for humanity! Let's go, but inconspicuously, through the window. We'll use our Batropes. Our job is finished.
This volume, an early and exhaustively illustrated medical text based on an 11th century Arabic treatise, was digitized in its entirety at the request of a scholar. Our copy, in an Italian dialect rather than Latin, is a descendant of an earlier version held by the Österreichische Nationalbibliothek in Vienna.
A herbary is a book on plants. I always thought that such books contained drawings or paintings of plants. Until I came across this object on the website of the Bodleian Library in Oxford. Constructed around 1595, it is likely the oldest of its kind from England. The book is filled with about 300 real plants, which were gathered in Italy by a monk called Gregorio Reggio. Short descriptions accompany the specimens, which look like they were picked yesterday. Every page forever in bloom.
Pic: Bodleian Library. More on herbaries with real plants here.
Using the simplicity of indian ink and linen canvas Ikenaga Yasunari has captured a simple serenity in the the faces of his female portraits.This calm sensuality is highlighted by the richness of their surroundings. Yasunari’s Japanese heritage has inspired a style of painting which is characteristic in his work. This ancient technique of Nihonga is a traditional Japanese artform using a Menso brush and ink. With this Yasunari has successfully captured an essence of the past with a pallet of muted tones , but has injecting a modern twist to each piece with his use of pattern and cloth.