Hands with pointing fingers are quite normal in medieval books. Readers drew them in the margins to identify passages they found important or useful. The hands in this image, however, are not normal: they are extravagant and, quite frankly, weird. They are very different from the subtle gestures we usually encounter. For one thing, they are not drawn with a pen, as is normally the case, but painted. This is significant because it implies that they were not done on the fly, but carefully planned in advance. A book like this was made commercially, which means that the reader hired a professional artist to paint the hands (and, by the way, also himself, in this image in front of the book). This, in turn, implies that the passages marked by the fingers had special significance to the book’s owner, who must have pointed them out to the artist when he commissioned it. They may look silly, these illustrations, but they have quite a story to tell.
Pic: Paris, BnF, Fr. MS 12584, containing a 14th-century copy of the Old French Reynard the Fox. Check out the entire manuscript, with more images, here. Check this Tumblr I posted a while back with some other unusual pointing fingers. Here is blog by @sexycodicology on pointing hands in early-modern books.
"What’s going on here" is a bad question, the better question is "what’s not going on."
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Steam powered mobile bathing house of King Alfonso XIII, St. Sebastien beach, Spain 1908.
It’s good to be the king.
Just read that again
"Steam powered mobile bathing house"
Preproduction art for Mindgame by Masaaki Yuasa. Dudes on fire. How long can this fire burn!
This is SO IMPORTANT. HE WAS RIGHT ALL ALONG.
I think we all owe Rob Liefeld an apology.
originally a physical, 6 page mini comic; here’s a version of “Stuck In No Time,” you can read on a screen!
i covertly dropped these into particular hands & stores around St. Louis, so it’s contents are internet-fresh