Le livre du Ciel et du Monde
Illustration of the Celestial spheres
Note that although the order of the spheres is conventional, with the Moon and Mercury closest the Earth and Saturn and the stars farthest, the spheres are convex upward centered on God rather than convex downward centered on the Earth.
1377, Paris, BnF, Manuscrits, Fr. 565, fo 69
Illustration from RUBÁIYÁT OF OMAR KHAYYÁM
Alike for those who for To-day prepare,
And those that after a To-morrow stare,
A Muezzín from the Tower of Darkness cries,
“Fools! your Reward is neither Here nor There!”
Edmund Dulac (born Edmond Dulac; October 22, 1882 – May 25, 1953) was a French magazine illustrator, book illustrator and stamp designer. Born in Toulouse he studied law but later turned to the study of art the École des Beaux-Arts. He moved to London early in the 20th century where he received a commission to illustrate Jane Eyre. Later through his association with a gallery and publishing company he sold his painting that became illustrations. During World War I, Dulac produced relief books and when after the war the deluxe children’s book market shrank he turned to magazine illustrations among other ventures. He designed bank notes during World War II and postage stamps, most notably those that heralded the beginning of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign.
Unrecorded in history, there was a grand palace. Emperor LEO was known for his determination and diplomatic ways.
Of his acquaintances, Mongolian SAGITTARIUS was the most outstanding, and they both treated each other with utmost respect.
As if fate willed it, he met VIRGO, the daughter of Leo and the princess loved by all within the palace. The both of them fell in love with each other.
Watching over her was tutor CAPRICORN, who loved her so. Yet she was worried about her dearest friend, who kept so much for her.
TAURUS, a diligent priestess, wanted so much to share with Capricorn, but she had a purpose that could change the fates of many.
Her accomplice, ARIES, was a respected general whose achievements were countless. Yet he had committed crimes, and was plotting something dark.
Involved with him behind the Emperor`s back was concubine CANCER. However there was no love, as Cancer desired Aquarius.
But AQUARIUS was the prince, the son of Leo. Feeling discomfited by the tense air within the palace, he looked in other ways.
Intriguing him was mysterious court musician SCORPIO. She seemed to have a lot in mind, but she never revealed much to anyone.
Except her bosom friend, the court official LIBRA. He was always seeking justice, and thus he tasked himself to investigate Aries.
In the midst of his busyness, he did not notice PISCES, who was saddened by her unrequited love for him, and disturbed by her betrayal to Leo.
Watching from aside was GEMINI. It was never easy to tell whether he was a friend or foe, and he made sure never to take any sides. A dangerous person, he was.
serving for Artemis, the goddess of the moon.We are seven sisters,
twinkling all in one, above the back of Taurus.We are dancing for the moon.
We are shining in the sky.
Flapping the tails of cloths.
Zodiac was Mucha’s first work under his contract with the printer Champenois and was originally designed as an in-house calendar for the company. In this composition, Mucha incorporated twelve zodiac signs in the halo-like disk behind the woman’s head, one of Mucha’s customary motifs. The majestic beauty of the woman is emphasised by her regal bearing and elaborate jewellery.
The striking design of the Zodiac calendar quickly attracted the attention of Léon Deschamps, chief editor of La Plume; he bought the rights to distribute it as the magazine’s calendar for 1897. It became one of Mucha’s most popular designs; at least nine variants of this lithograph are known, including this one which was printed without text to serve as a decorative panel.