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    medieval: The Temptation of Adam and Eve. 1430s. Harley 2278 f. 1v

    Demons intercede between Pagan Gods and humans in this detail from St.Augustine. La Citede Dieu, Paris. Alchemy scroll Macon BM c.1480

    Medieval Bestiary : Dragon Gallery

    Nostre Dame de Grasse, Toulouse (spelled thus there), 15th century, Late Gothic. "If, in a Doomsday scenario, I could take with me just one work of art... I wouldn’t allow myself to be tempted by the more famous ones... a Sassetta predella, a Vermeer, a Manet - no, without hesitation I would choose: Notre-Dame de Grace. She is beautiful, and does not lack rivals.... But none is as close to my heart, as linked to my life." Philippe Aries, "Notre-Dame de Toutes les Graces"

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    Adam and Eve

    Vincent van Gogh- Le soleil

    Adam and Eve - Peter Paul Rubens

    Adam and Eve by Chagall

    Adam and Eve

    Zia photo by Roberto Botello. Predating the New Mexico flag, this sun is a symbol of happiness that appears in the iconography of a number of Native American cultures - same historical period as is handprint to the right. Members of the southern plains nations seem to have painted this over what appears to be prehistoric horned dancing figures.

    16th C. Masonic – "Johanite"- engraving of Christ as Adam Kadmon "Cosmic Christ" corresponding to the Sephirotic "Tree of Life." Note the split black and white (good & evil) "Ayn Soph" at the top and the seven branched Menorah dominating the lower world of Malkuth.

    Souls ascending to Janus and Terminus holding the world, souls descending to hell. From Augustine, 'The City of God', in the translation of Raoul de Presles, 1478-80

    Bird Sirens from medieval manuscripts by moonflygirl, via Flickr

    Aries the passionate Ram

    Gustave Dore's "Adam and Eve Cast Out"

    Manticore from a medieval manuscript by petrus.agricola, via Flickr

    Book of Hours, use of Rome. 16th century. (Source beautyandjunkie.t...)

    Manticore from a medieval Bestiary Manticore from a medieval Bestiary in Latin language. London, British Library, Royal MS 12 F XIII fol-24v Rochester Bestiary from about 1230

    England, 15th century. The Latin guide to animal life (Bestiarius) in a manuscript that is illustrated with more than 100 washed drawings, among which a mermaid