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12th Century: Monster

This illustration comes from a series of handscrolls telling the legends of the Shinto Kitano Tenjin Shrine, located in Kamakura, Japan. The shrine is dedicated to Sugawara no Michizane, a 9th century scholar, poet, and statesman who came to be … Continue reading

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1188: Two Islands

There is a lake in the north of Munster which contains two islands, one rather large and the other rather small. The larger has a church venerated from the earliest times. The smaller has a chapel cared for most devotedly … Continue reading

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1437: Freeing the Poor

Sassetta: The Blessed Ranieri Frees the Poor from a Prison in Florence (1437-44) This painting—now in the Louvre—was once part of an elaborate altarpiece in the Church of S. Francesco in Sansepolcro, Tuscany. The altarpiece contained 60 images and was … Continue reading

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1913: Then from the Darkness there Came Another Sound

Beatrice Elvery: Fionn and Áillen (1913); illustration for Violet Russell’s Heroes of the Dawn (source) In Irish mythology, Áillen the Burner came forth every Samhain from Mag Mell, the underworld, to burn the scared site of Tara to the ground … Continue reading

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12th Century: Release from All Sorrows

Detail of the Manjushri Mandala at the Temple of the Great Translator, Nako, late eleventh to early twelfth century. The monumental paintings that have survived in the Guge caves and temple-monasteries guide the meditating monk, also the casual visitor, through … Continue reading

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