Illumanu

This tumblr aspires to become a helpful resource for history (and mainly fashion history) research and focuses primarily on illuminations from medieval and renaissance manuscripts.


Note: I am not a professional fashion historian. If you spot any inconsistency or outright fallacy somewhere in the picture descriptions please feel free (or even better, obliged) to let me know!

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ca. 1508-1538

British Library, Add MS 20927: The ‘Stuart de Rothesay Hours’, use of Rome

119v - the Three Living and the Three Dead

source (BL)

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15th century Italy

Bastia Mondovi, Chiesa di San Fiorenzo

Episodes from the Life of St Anthony Abbot (?) (frescoes)

source (flickr, Andrea Carloni)

Always remember to keep your women at a walking stick’s length.

beginning of the 14th century Eastern Central Germany
Universitätsbibliothek Heidelberg
Cod.Pal.germ.164: Heidelberger Sachsenspiegel
fol. 22r detail
Bestest pals.
source

beginning of the 14th century Eastern Central Germany

Universitätsbibliothek Heidelberg

Cod.Pal.germ.164: Heidelberger Sachsenspiegel

fol. 22r detail

Bestest pals.

source

1470s

Bibliothèque nationale de France, NAL 3187

fol. 139v - office of the dead

source

ca. 1310 East Anglia

Oxford, Bodleian Library

MS. Douce 366: Ormesby Psalter

fol. 131r

source (LUNA)

Yes, I know what you’re all thinking. It’s a dagger.

1400-7 France, Paris

Bibliothèque nationale de France, Latin 7907 A

Eunuchus by Publius Terentius Afer

fol. 30r, 30v, 34r, 35r

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ca. 1416 statue of Jeanne de Boulogne, Duchess of Berry (c.1378-c.1424), by Jean de Cambrai (d.1438), currently situated in the Bourges Cathedral

source1, source2 (by louis.foecy.fr on Flickr)

source3 (by Philippe_28 (maintenant sur ipernity) on flickr)

1523-4 drawing of the same by Hans Holbein the Younger

source (wikimedia commons)

14th century (1341) Austria, St. Pölten

Herward von St. Andreae

unspecified manuscript, initial V

source (imareal)

circa 1300, Catalonia

details of a ceiling panel:

1. a couple playing a board game

2. a musician (male) and an acrobat/dancer (female)

Barcelona, Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya

source

A beautiful - if a bit deteriorated - example of early 14th century Spanish (Catalan) fashions (and also of medieval concept of courtly fun).

late 14th or early 15th century (1392-1410) Slovenia?
Saint Elizabeth of Thuringia - detail of a fresco in the parish church of St. Martin in Martjanci, Slovenia; by workshop of Johannes von Aquila
http://tethys.imareal.oeaw.ac.at/realonline/
no. 011000

late 14th or early 15th century (1392-1410) Slovenia?

Saint Elizabeth of Thuringia - detail of a fresco in the parish church of St. Martin in Martjanci, Slovenia; by workshop of Johannes von Aquila

http://tethys.imareal.oeaw.ac.at/realonline/

no. 011000