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This tumblr aspires to become a helpful resource for history (and mainly fashion history) research and focuses primarily on illuminations from medieval and renaissance manuscripts.

Note: I am not a professional fashion historian. If you spot any inconsistency or outright fallacy somewhere in the picture descriptions please feel free (or even better, obliged) to let me know!

later 15th century (1479) Southern Netherlands - Bruges

British Library

Royal MS 17 F II: La Grande histoire César (Les faits des Romains, with additional texts)

fol. 308v - escape of Arsinoe

first half of the 14th century Northern France - Artois or Picardy

London, British Library

MS Royal 20 A XVII: Roman de la Rose

fol. 170v - “statue speaking to Pygmalion


15th century (ca. 1440), Northern France - Rouen

British Library

Royal 16 G V: Le livre de femmes nobles et renomées (French edition of De mulieribus claris) by Giovanni Boccaccio; illumination by the Talbot Master

fol. 64v - Cloelia crossing the Tiber


beginning of the 16th century (1503) France - Lyon

Washington, D.C.; Library of Congress

Rosenwald 917: Roman de la Rose



15th century (1416) France

Stuttgart, Württembergische Landesbibliothek

Cod. poet. et phil. 2º 6: Roman de la Rose

fol. 2v - Convoitise (Covetousness; Greed)

end of the 15th century (ca. 1490-1500) Netherlands - Bruges

London, British Library

Harley 4425: Roman de la Rose by Guillaume de Lorris and Jean de Meun

fol. 59r - Nero and Aggripina


13th century France

Bibliothèque municipale de Dijon

Dijon 526: (i.a.) Le Bestiaire d’Amours by Richard de Fournival

fol. 27v


ca. 1500, French - Tours

Bibliothèque de Genève

Comites Latentes 124: Book of Hours

fol. 108v - coronation of the Virgin


middle 14th century (1335-1350), Italian - Naples

Bibliothèque de Genève

Comites Latentes 15: Liturgical Psalter

fol. 30r - details


middle 14th century (1335-1350), Italian - Naples

Bibliothèque de Genève

Comites Latentes 15: Liturgical Psalter

fol. 95v - initial O, historiated