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Re: VMs: Text first
Hello to everybody,
as I just subscribed to this list, first of all a few words to introduce
myself are in order.
My name is Maurizio M. Gavioli, from Italy. Twenty years ago, I graduated
in Latin Palaeography at the University of Florence but, afterward, life
turned in other directions and I now work as a free-lance programmer,
specializing in flight and train simulation videogames (!).
As you may have guessed, my interest in the VMS is purely amateurish,
because it curiously fits both my trainings, in history of writing (now a
but rusty, I have to admit!) and in programming.
At 11:41 13/02/2004 +0100, J.Siemons wrote:
this 11th century herbal manuscript looks
pretty Voynich like, even got some nudes in it:
But most interesting is the folio on the bottom
"Spaces in the text for pictures of herbs
have been left unfilled.."
This could mean that also in the VMS text came
And that the writer(s) isn't (aren't) the same
person(s) as the drawer(s)....Or that text and drawings have little to do
with eachother.....or from different times..
As far as I know, this was a standard practice in _scriptoria_: the
competences required from a writer and an illustrator were quite
different and usually the jobs were split among different
Of course, in very small _scriptoria_ or in mss. produced by a single
person this was not the case.
Whether the VMS belongs to the first or the second case is a matter of
debate, I think...
Maurizio M. Gavioli - VistaMare Software
via San Bernardo 5, I-16030 Pieve Ligure, ITALY
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