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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
knowledge of.


From: "Mariusz Wesolowski" <shamshir@xxxxxxx>
Sent: 14 February 2004 17:50

> Hello,
> 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.
> Regards,
> Mariusz Wesolowski
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