Sometimes I post images of general interest. But today I’m posting one that’ll probably only appeal to me, and I like it because it’s an actual bona fide medieval visual pun that’s really only funny to people who care about ‘the rules‘ of how manuscript pages are supposed to be constructed. Violin:*
See, as I’ve said before, on a proper gothic page, the really traditional artist will make sure that every element is connected to something else in order to combat the page’s gravity. So the juggler is only kept from falling off the page by virtue of being attached to the historiated initial by his juggler’s club. This leaves two impossible (by the rules of the manuscript page) interpretations: 1) one of his clubs happens to have a giant O stuck on the end, in which case he’s getting ready to throw Jesus and the monk there for a loop or 2) he only appears to be attached to the O because his club is in front of it, which means by the rules of the page he should be falling into the lower margin any minute now.
Now everybody’s happy.
*Also, I don’t know how you people manage to read these things and send me little typo notices so quickly, but here I am five minutes after posting to let you know that “Violin” is not a cupertino for Voila, but rather my own passive aggressive (and, apparently, counterproductive) dig at the people who send me typo notices when I use the word voila without the fancy accent mark.