Sacred Dragon of the Babylonians – Two 15th Century Book Illustrations

Both Images have the Caption “The Act of Dying”. The Book is not available anywhere sadly. The lack of Context, as always, ironically adds to the unusualness . ๐Ÿ˜„ I think the sacred dragon looks to be in the first image, but he is all distorted by time. He lost his sacredness!!

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The Last Judgement (15th Century) By Hans Memling

Panels in order: Second Coming of Jesus Christ; Jesus sitting in Judgement on the World; and Saint Michael the Archangel weighing souls. The poor people who didn’t make the cut in the last panel, get sent to Hell.

The Last Judgement (15th Century) By Hans Memling

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Zodiac Influences on Bloodletting (1420)

This depicts a Bloodletting man in the center of a circle of the zodiac. It connects body areas to zodiacs and planets. For example, if you are a Gemini, you should bloodlet from your lower stomach and left foot.

Zodiac Influences on Bloodletting (1420)

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The Torment of Saint Anthony (15th Century) By Michelangelo

Saint Anthony is being tormented and attacked by demons. They are carrying the Saint away, into the desert. These demons had tried to tempt Anthony with sin, but he resisted them.

The Torment of Saint Anthony (15th Century) By Michelangelo

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Astrological Man (1416) By Limbourg Brothers

Such is the way of all superstition, whether in astrology, dreams, omens, divine judgments, or the like; wherein men, having a delight in such vanities, mark the events where they are fulfilled, but where they fail, though this happen much oftener, neglect and pass them by.

Francis Bacon
Astrological Man (1416) By Limbourg Brothers

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Wolf Boy (15th Century) By Hartmann Schedel

500 year old illustration of anthropomorphism and chimera. Wolf and Human combinations are quite common in media. However, the featured being seems to have two distinct consciousnesses/heads. Since both species can not vocalize the same, they can not communicate verbally. Difficult pair.

Wolf Boy (15th Century) By Hartmann Schedel

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Hell (15th Century) By Limbourg Brothers

“Satan is lying on a gigantic grill from where he grabs the souls to project them upwards by the power of his burning breath. Flames come from open skylights in the tormented mountains rising in the background, where we can see other damned souls.” – Image Description.

Hell (15th Century) By Limbourg Brothers

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Saint John (15th Century) By Jan Provoost

John the Baptist is featured in this dark art piece. He was killed by beheading. However, this depicts him as very old, and possibly dying from old age. Maybe Provoost wanted to illustrate an alternative ending. What could had been, but wasn’t – a headful John.

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Saint John (15th Century) By Jan Provoost