In the six or so centuries that it’s been floating around, bouncing from scholar to scholar and occasionally disappearing for decades at a time, the Voynich manuscript (as it’s come to be called) has yet to be translated. That might be due to the fact that it’s written in a language no one’s ever seen before or since.
But it does have some grounding in the reality that we know, namely via the dozens of familiar plant species sketched throughout the pages of this manuscript. And some researchers think these botanical illustrations are integral to cracking the code that, as one expert put it, has proven “academic suicide” for so many scholars throughout the ages. Click through for the full story! —MN
ART: Kimsooja’s Room of Rainbows
South Korean-born artist Kimsooja has had a long, intense career full of installations, performances, photography, videos and site-specific project. This particular installation from 2006 is at the Palace de Cristal in Madrid.
Jean le Noir (attributed to), Christ’s Side Wound, before 1349, tempera and gold leaf on parchment. Psalter and Prayer Book of Bonne de Luxembourg, The Cloisters Collection (69.86), The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Christ’s side wound resembles many things, perhaps least of…
I have so much to say about this but not now
Etienne Louis Boullée
The Bridesmaid, 1851
John Everett Millais
Coming back from the dead ponder why is it so hard for people to understand I’m a non-Christian student of Christian theology, if people study the history of the Third Reich do they get mistaken for being Nazis. Ugh.
the teachers at my high school do this to the graffiti in the bathrooms and i literally cant
Except for the typo in French for revolution, I can live with this.
SOMBER FACES AT 300 FEET OVER BAY STREET.
I confess I don’t think I’ve ever noticed these.