Doktor Ix Book Cover, circa 1900
Francisco de Zurbarán
Saint Diego de Alcalá, c. 1645-50
Museo Lázaro Galdiano, Madrid
Saint Diego (Saint Didacus), well-admired by the Monarchy of Spain, was canonized by Pope Sixtus V in 1588, the first after a long hiatus following the Reformation (since Saint Benno’s canonization in 1523), and the first of a lay brother of the Order of Friars Minor. His feast day is celebrated on 13 November.
moth in the floral border (Saturnia pavonia?)
Breviary of Mary of Savoy, Lombardy ca. 1430.
Chambéry, Bibliothèque municipale, ms. 4, fol. 495v
Selfie of drunk medieval decorator
This is an unusual image, in more than one sense of the word: it is a rare example of a selfie made by a person who decorated medieval books; and he is drinking on the job. Check out other selfies from medieval times - and the story behind them - in my new blog post: Medieval Selfies.
Pic: Stuttgart, Württembergische Landesbibliothek, Cod. mus. I 2 65 (dated 1512).