Miscellany of Texts on the Quadrivium

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Title:

Miscellany of Texts on the Quadrivium

Artist/Maker:

Unknown

Culture:

English

Place:

England (Place created)

Date:

early 12th century; additions early 13th–16th century

Medium:

Pen and black, green, and red inks on parchment bound between pasteboard covered with brown calf

Object Number:

Ms. Ludwig XII 5

Dimensions:

Leaf: 24.1 × 15.6 cm (9 1/2 × 6 1/8 in.)

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The basic course of learning in the Middle Ages was the study of the seven liberal arts: grammar, rhetoric, logic, arithmetic, music, geometry, and astronomy. A renewal of interest in the natural world in the 1200s ensured a prominent place for astronomy in the growing universities of Europe. This collection of scientific theories about the constellations and other scholarly texts was probably compiled as a textbook. The constellations and signs of the zodiac were rendered in a pen-and-ink technique that lends liveliness to the depiction of the positions of the stars in the sky.

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Bibliography

von Euw, Anton, and Joachim M. Plotzek. Die Handschriften der Sammlung Ludwig. 4 vols. (Cologne: Schnütgen-Museum, 1979-1985), vol. 3 (1982), pp. 158-69.

"Manuscript Acquisitions: The Ludwig Collection." The J. Paul Getty Museum Journal 12 (1984), p. 299.

Morrison, Elizabeth. Beasts: Factual & Fantastic (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum; London: The British Library, 2007), pp. 49-51, fig. 38.

Juste, David. Les Alchandreana primitifs: Étude sur les plus anciens traités astrologiques latins d'origine arabe (Xe siècle). Brill's Texts and Sources in Intellectual History 2 (Leiden: Brill, 2007), pp. 246n146, 264, 335-37, 393, 411.

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