Jesus Destroys Satan

Jesus pierces Satan with the instruments of his passion: nails, spear, and cross. (Speculum Humanae Salvationis, 14th c.)

The Devil and St. Benedict

This illumination showed up in my medievalist Twitter feed today and I tracked it back to the so-called Mettener Regel (1414), a manuscript of the rule of Saint Benedict as practiced at the Abbey of Metten. The manuscript is illustrated by moments in the life of St. Benedict. At first, I thought this might be an illustration…

Saints on Little Propeller Chairs

I have no idea what’s up here. Here’s the entire page, which is an illumination from an MS of the Commentary on the Apocalypse by Beatus. The floating heads don’t help matters. Here’s the previous page: And the facing page: It’s a commentary on Revelation 4:3, with the red text at the top reading: Et qui sedebat similis…