Month: May 2019

Songbird and Blossoms
31 May 2019   |    Floral Friday

Illumination from the manuscript "QUINTE CURSE RUFFE. Des Fais du grant Alexandre ", ms. Français 257, f. 114v, 15th century, Bibliothèque nationale de France. Département des manuscrits, Paris.

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29 May 2019   |    Women's Wednesday

Our last Women’s Wednesday of May is dedicated to Camilla, a Volscian maiden who became a warrior under the protection of the goddess Diana. Daughter of King Metabus and Casmilla, Camilla's story began in tragedy…

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24 May 2019   |    Floral Friday

Illumination from the manuscript "La Fleur des histoires de Jean Mansel", ms. Ms-5087 réserve, f. 58v, 1454, Bibliothèque de l'Arsenal, Paris.

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22 May 2019   |    Women's Wednesday

Our Women's Wednesday turns magical! Our protagonist this week is Circe, the famous enchantress who appeared as one of the main female figures in Homer's Odyssey. Daughter of Helios, god of the Sun, and the…

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World Bee Day
20 May 2019   |    Beastly!

Today, May 20, marks World Bee Day 2019: Folia Magazine joins in the event with this curious illumination from a 16th-century French manuscript. Despite the great importance of this little insect over the course of history,…

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Tiny Garden
17 May 2019   |    Floral Friday

Illumination from a Book of Hours, use of Rome, known as "Grandes Heures d'Anne de Bretagne", ms. Latin 9474, f. 160r, 1505-1510, Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département des Manuscrits, Paris.

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15 May 2019   |    Women's Wednesday

For today’s Women’s Wednesday we welcome one of the most well-known female figures in Greek mythology: Helen of Troy. Believed to be the most beautiful woman of her time, her abduction at the hands of…

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Lucky Mother
12 May 2019   |    Folia

“Mother: the most beautiful word on the lips of mankind.” — Kahil Gibran A relaxed new mother of a grand total of seven children: even by modern standards, the subject of this illumination strikes as incredible at best... In…

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