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Re: VMs: RE: Writing in plant illustrations
That explanation does make a lot of sense, especially after reading about this
kind of notation in Mark Hippenstiel's medieval manuscript link.
Would it be normal for the painting to hide or smear out most of these notes?
There are lots of places that look like they could have had a few letters
mostly hidden or washed out, but it's too easy to imagine such things so I've
disregarded them. That would explain why the visible notes are so rare. It
would also have to be true that the painter didn't always follow the
directions, since the f4r "rot" for instance is not painted over. Of course,
if some were missed they would be the ones that are easiest to see now.
Perhaps the character like a backwards "y" in f9v and elsewhere is an
open-topped "p" (I've seen these in some scripts at least). Could it be for
"purpur"? I could believe that the first item in f9v is "pur," and the one
on f32r does look like "pu." These are both associated with blue-painted
flowers, not really purple. The same character in f20r is a mystery - it's
not painted over at all, and there's no purple or blue nearby. The "p" in
"portas" on f116v also has an open top.
On Wednesday 16 June 2004 01:56 pm, Philip Neal wrote:
> > I wonder if they represent what colours should be applied to the leaf
> > etc?
> > John.
> I have always thought this about the g on f1r and I think that the example
> on f4r is
> German 'rot' i.e. 'red' (g would then be 'grun'). Don't know about the rest
> Philip Neal
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