Stand your ground
Like us, medieval people also liked to do things they were not supposed to. To make sure people knew what behavior to avoid, diagrams like this were produced in medieval times. On the left side the seven vices are listed, shown in the form of devils: pride, envy, wrath, sloth, covetousness, gluttony, self-indulgence. On the right side stands the individual to whom the vices are offered, like sweet candy. But he stands his ground, like a brave knight with drawn sword, and resists with the help of angels, represented by doves. The names of virtues cover his body, for extra protection. The message was clear to even the most ignorant reader.
Pic: London, British Library, Harley MS 3244 (13th century). More about the manuscript here.
Marsha Cottrell’s drawings, 2011-2012, iron oxide on mulberry paper
Brooklyn-based artist Marsha Cottrell creates deft, intricate drawings of stellar landscapes, imaginary worlds floating light years away. ”The first landscape images in art I connected with as a young person were da Vinci’s “deluge” drawings,” she told Review Interview. “I was attracted to the idea that they were not representations of actual places, but eternal/internal landscapes that might be found anywhere at any moment in time. Their energy, architecture, and intricacy—but not rigidity—always appealed to me. They seemed to present an open platform with which to interact, and I’ve always aspired for my own work operate in a similar way.” Click to look through the stars, and then be sure to head over to Cottrell’s website to check out more of her work. [flavorwire]