Professor Stephen A Harris reveals five wonderful works from the Bodleian Libraries’ latest exhibition
Medieval Natural Symbols
22 Sep 2020
"...HEAVEN - THE RETURN TO EDEN - WAS IMAGINED AS AN ENCLOSED GARDEN IN LATE SPRING. THE ENCLOSURE IS AN EXAMPLE OF MARY'S SEALED WOMB; YOU MIGHT SEE A DOVE AS THE HOLY SPIRIT ENTERING FROM ABOVE, BUT THE GATES ALWAYS STAY SHUT."
Book of hours, Ghent, or possibly Bruges, c.1505 (tempera or vellum)
Ox-eye daisies and other native species known to medieval eyes
Double rose decoration in the southwest tower vault of Lichfield Cathedral, c.1520
A Lincoln Cathedral carving of a dragon eating grapes
4. GARDENS ALWAYS HAVE BUGS – AND WORSE
Details of a demon, from the Hours of Etienne Chevalier, c.1445
A flowering Old Rosa alba
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Images (top to bottom): The Book of Hours © Bridgeman Images; The Hours of Etienne Chevalier by artist Jean Fouquet © Bridgeman Images; all other images courtesy of Jonathan Foyle
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