Tag Archives: 15th Century

1509: The Most Curious Book in the World

The following entry appears in Charles Carroll Bombaugh’s Gleanings from the Harvest Fields of Literature: A Melange of Excerpta, Curious, Humorous, and Instructive (1867): THE MOST CURIOUS BOOK IN THE WORLD The most singular bibliographic curiosity is that which belonged … Continue reading

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1922: Seek the Kingdom of Heaven through Contempt of the World

Melchior Lechter’s frontispiece, title page, and first chapter title page for a 1922 edition of Thomas à Kempis’s Imitation of Christ. Written in the early 15th century, the work promotes piety, simplicity, and devotion as the key to a personal … Continue reading

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1792: A Serious Social Menace

One afternoon in 1792, Lady Almeria Braddock and a certain Mrs. Elphinstone were having tea when the following exchange occurred: Mrs Elphinstone: “You have been a very beautiful woman.” Lady Almeria: “Have been? What do you mean by ‘have been’?” … Continue reading

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1463: Portrait

Luca della Robbia: Portrait of a Young Lady (1463)

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15th Century: Portrait

Bronze portrait: Nigeria, 15th Century; photo from this post on Where’s Malko.

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1499: Wild Men

The two archetypal “wild men” that frame Albrecht Dürer’s portrait of Oswolt Krel (1499) were part of a popular theme in the late Medieval period and the early Renaissance. Wild men symbolized lust, fighting spirit, and the power of the primitive. … Continue reading

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1457: The Book of the Love-Smitten Heart

In the early 15th century, King René of Anjou’s devotion to the courtly arts and literature flourished only after decades of conflict, war, and inter-familial drama. He spent years in prison following a struggle for the throne with his older … Continue reading

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