Medieval illustrations of psychedelic animals playing music raise many questions
22 October 2020, 12:28 | Updated: 22 October 2020, 13:30
Medieval scribes took their animal illustrations very seriously.
In a time when pigs were seen as a real danger and animals were trialled in court, it should be no surprise that the scribes of the Middle Ages got a little creative with their creature depictions.
A drawing of a human-headed snail mounted by a spear-wielding rabbit? Casual.
Or how about a concerned lion playing the violin while glancing sheepishly to the side? Seems legit.
These could only be illustrations from the Middle Ages...
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We already know that the scribes of by-gone centuries took a slightly alternative approach to their artistry.
So these medieval illustrations should really come as no surprise. Yet they still do.
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Seeing really is believing with these psychedelic doodles...
Admittedly, we’d look just as fearful as the bunny if a big blue dog was menacingly watching us play the organ.
And this musician clearly had violin practice at 11am, then dressage at 12pm.
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If you’ve made it this far, well done. The cursed manuscript doodles haven’t scared you away just yet.
Enjoy the most bad-ass lute player we’ve ever seen.
Angry monkey playing the bagpipes? Talk about a 2020 mood.
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Whoever penned the nursery rhyme Hey diddle diddle had clearly seen this fella in their nightmares.
Now, may they all haunt yours...