The Speculum theologiae

 

Tower of Wisdom

 

Manuscript 416 at Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library is an amazing 13th/14th century example of the Speculum theologie genre – illustrations and diagrams of moral and theological subjects used by medieval educators.  Beinecke’s online exhibit of the manuscript features translations and essays about each of the diagrams.

All of the diagrams are beautiful, but my favorite is the Tower of Wisdom.

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