Flowers of the Sky

Depictions spanning almost a whole millennium – in chronological order – of comets, meteors, meteorites and shooting stars….more

Tractatus de Herbis (ca.1440)

Selections from a beautifully illustrated 15th century version of the “Tractatus de Herbis”, a book produced to help apothecaries and physicians from different …more

Medical Imagery of the 15th Century

The following images are all taken from Tradition und Naturbeobachtung in den Illustrationen Medizinischer Handschriften und Frühdrucke vornehmlich des 15. Jahrhun…more

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse are described by John of Patmos in his Book of Revelations, the last book of the New Testament. The chapter tells of a “‘book’, …more

The Hyginus Star Atlas (1482)

Hyginus’ Poeticon Astronomicon is a star atlas and book of stories whose text is attributed to “Hyginus”, though the true authorship is disputed. During the R…more

The Beatus of Facundus (1047)

In the 8th century, in a monastery in the mountains of northern Spain, 700 years after the Book of Revelation was written, a monk named Beatus set down to illustrat…more