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Hyginus, Michael Scot (?) and the Tyranny of Technology in the Early Renaissance

Kristen Lippincott    Independent Scholar    

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Whereas the earliest history of illustrations accompanying the text of Hyginus’s De Astronomia remains a mystery, the iconography found in fifteenth-century illuminated manuscripts is relatively straight-forward and fairly consistent. Intriguingly, however, the woodblock images in the first illustrated edition of the text (Venice: E. Ratdolt, 1482) do not appear to follow any known Hyginian model, but closely resemble the idiosyncratic drawings that accompany the texts of Michael Scot’s Liber introductorius. This paper explores current assumptions about Ratdolt’s pictorial model and traces the impact of his illustrations on subsequent generations of astro-mythological treatises.

Published
Sept. 1, 2017
Accepted
March 31, 2017
Submitted
Jan. 13, 2017
Language
EN
ISBN (PRINT)
978-88-7543-440-3
ISBN (EBOOK)
978-88-6969-165-2