Claricia’s Medieval Selfie
Claricia was a German illuminator who included a self-portrait in a South German psalter produced circa 1200 CE.
In the self-portrait, she depicts herself swinging from the tail of a letter Q with her name inscribed over her head. Her uncovered head, braided hair, and style of dress (close-fitting tunic, long-waisted dress, long flowing sleeves) suggests that she was a lay student at the convent.
c, 1200 A.D.
A copy, dated 1243, of the Lübeck law (more interesting than it sounds, considering what it did to spread a common civic culture around the Baltic Sea, traces of which are still very visible), bound in an unusually charming limp binding.
Thomas of Cantimpré, Liber de natura rerum, France ca. 1290.
Valenciennes, Bibliothèque municipale, ms. 320, fol. 117r
Français 844 Titre : Anc. 7222 Date d’édition : 1201-1300 Type : manuscrit Langue : Français Format : Vélin, lettres historiées et ornées, dont un grand nombre ont été enlevées
A woman teaching scholars about the night sky, c.1309-1316
A woman teaches geometry, c.1309-1316
Asleep with a cup, while a many crowned lion-stag grotesque lurks behind, c.1350