Wednesday, June 26, 2013

September 12, 2013. John B. Friedman comments on Les Secrets de Li'Histoire naturelle.

Penelope writing to Ulysses.
Image by Robinet Testard (b. 1470, d. 1531)
Image source "Robinet Testard"
Image is in public domain because it was created in 16th century.

The Thursday September 12, 2013 lecture in the Aldus Society Program series is a presentation by John B. Friedman based on his Commentary on Les Secrets de l'Histoire naturelle. 

Les Secrets is a geographical compendium of the marvels and wonders of the world, dated 1485 and prepared by Robinet Testard.

Testard was an illuminator whose botanical drawings, social illustrations and geographical renderings are memorable documentation of cultural life and the environment during the late 16th century.

His illustrations also included mythical creatures like mermaids and unicorns.

Testard's work is colorful and dazzles the eye with the richness of color.

Testard was a prolific artist.  For those who are not familiar with Testard's work, Friedman's commentary will provide an introduction to the work of  this important artist.

The Aldus Society meets the second Thursday of each month at the Thurber Center, 91 Jefferson Avenue.

Programs at the Aldus Society are free and anyone is welcome. Doors open at 7:00 the program begins at 7:30 p.m.

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