The wind told me you were beautiful.
Just imagine you are standing here, in the 16th-century Biblioteca dei Girolamini in Napels. The library is stuffed with 160,000 books dating from the 15th to the 19th century, which are draped around this room and others. Imagine the dusty smell, the echo of your steps as you go around the room. If you are a lover of books and libraries, this image may just make your day. Put your nose up close to the screen for extra effect!
Pic: taken from this website. More astonishing library images in this Tumblr I made a while ago. Check out the library photography by Massimo Listri if you like this image: here is a great sample, which includes an image of the Biblioteca dei Girolamini (tip from fanoudraws).
Pretty medieval manuscript of the day is a calendar page for January from the Hours of Yolande of Flanders, a manuscript in the collection of the British Library.
Image source: British Library MS Yates Thompson 27. Image declared as public domain on the British Library website.
Pretty medieval manuscript of the day shows a cheeky looking fox (in disguise!) preaching to chickens and a goose. It will surely end in tears…!
Image source: British Library MS Stowe 17. Image declared as public domain on the British Library website.
Some images just hit the right spot. This cute owl in his best red coat is part of a decorated page in a Pontifical, a book that was read during a special Mass in the church, often by the bishop himself. Having ploughed through a full page of big chunky letters, he was treated to a change of pace: a bit of entertainment in the lower margin. Hidden inside the colourful display sits the owl, who is looking, puzzled, at a bell. While the significance of the scene is lost on me, it made my day. Having been locked out of my Tumblr account for three days (see my previous post), it is good to be able to show you entertaining medieval things like this again. Thank you Tumblr Support Team!
Pic: Aarau, Aargauer Kantonsbibliothek, MS MurF 3 (dated 1508). The full manuscript can be browsed here.
Philip Quast as Judge Turpin in The New York Philharmonic’s staged production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.
Is it just me or did Cas and Dean get gayer this episode?
Uriel: Castiel? Oh he’s, he’s not here. You see he has this weakness, he likes you
Meg: He was your boyfriend first
Balthazar: The one in the dirty trenchcoat who’s in love with you
Gabriel: Your boytoy and I
EVERYONE SHIPS DESTIEL!!!