Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Doing the Laundry - 1500s Illuminated Manuscript

SPLENDOR SOLIS - British Library, Harley 3469.  1582.

I cannot resist any depiction of a bleach yard.  And so here you have one of the 22 colored plates depicting the 22 Alchemical Stages of Salomon Trismosin's "Splendor Solis." The original manuscript of these plates is in the British Museum, dated 1582. Though the earliest version is considered to be at Kupferstichkabinett in the Prussian State Museum in Berlin, and dated 1532-35.