The Medieval Bookshelf

Now that you’ve all put in your applications at the Rare Book School at UCLA, what are you planning to do on the weekends (other than stock up on vitamin D)? You might get extra credit by checking out The Getty’s current exhibit of non-religious illuminated manuscripts, The Medieval Bookshelf: From Romance to Astronomy.

As a liberal arts wannabe I especially love the image from The Consolation of Philosophy of Lady Philosophy (or Philosôphia – first declension!) presenting the seven liberal arts (grammar, rhetoric, logic, music, geometry, mathematics, and astronomy) to the philosopher Boethius.

Via the lovely and talented Moyen Âge

Philosophy Presenting the Seven Liberal Arts to Boethius (detail)