Q. Why is your Tumblelog called "My Ear-Trumpet Has Been Struck by Lightning"?
A. Because "My Grandmother's Ear-Trumpet Has Been Struck by Lightning" wouldn't fit in the available space.
Pretty medieval manuscript of the day is the weirdest yet! Here’s St Peter of Verona, with a cleaver in his head, nonchalantly carrying an enormous church. You have to hand it to medieval artists, they really went for it didn’t they! They weren’t shy with the gold leaf on this one either - the patron must have had serious money. Martyred in 1252, he was canonised a year later - not bad going! He is the patron saint of midwives.
This image is from a lavishly decorated fifteenth century book of hours from Italy. We’ll look at some of the other illustrations over the coming weeks.
Image source: Walters Museum MS 322. Creative Commons licensed.