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VMs: Re: WM, Hieronymus Bosch and Edward Kelley
Welcome to the mad house!
I believe as an art historian you can bring a lot to the discussion. Certain
new insights have been made recently about costume and place of origin by
Elmar. Also Barbara Barrett has been providing her views on possible T-O
maps in the VMS. Probably others will give you links to various sites of
interest, but as an art historian these might be themes you would have some
From: "Mariusz Wesolowski" <shamshir@xxxxxxx>
Sent: 14 February 2004 17:50
> I am a complete newbie in regard to the Woynich Manuscript - I have heard
> about it quite a while ago but so far I did not have a good look at it. I
> still have not read any books on this subject, therefore my suggestions
> questions below may be not exactly new.
> As an art historian by education, I am interested first of all in the
> iconographic aspect of WM. The first thing that struck me while looking at
> the photos of it available on the Internet was the parallel between all
> these naked women and huge (by comparison) flowers with the similar themes
> in Hieronymus Bosch's triptych "The Garden of Earthly Delights". I am not
> suggesting that Bosch drew the WM's pictures, they are stylistically quite
> different, but there may be a link between the two works. After all,
> has yet discovered the meaning of "The Garden", just like nobody has
> discovered the meaning of WM...
> Rudolph II was almost certainly familiar with Bosch's ouevre, collected
> enthusiastically by his relative, King Philip II of Spain. Incidentally,
> the royal castle of my hometown Krakow, Poland, there is an early 17th
> century triptych composed of the fragments copied from two works by Bosch,
> one of them being the Hell wing of the "Garden".
> Krakow lies close to Rudolph's Prague, and Dee and Kelley spent some time
> both cities (although this fact is probably neither here nor there).
> As concerns the Kelley theory, which has been brought to the fore again in
> the January 25, 2004, article in The Guardian (see
> http://www.guardian.co.uk/arts/news/story/0,11711,1130832,00.html ), I
> wonder if anybody tried to compare WM with other known works by Edward
> Kelley (if there are any)?
> I also wonder how Rudolph II viewed this work? The fact that it ended up
> the hands of the imperial gardens supervisor may indicate that it was
> consider a herbal or a gardening book.
> Mariusz Wesolowski
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