I sort of hit a wall with all the projects I’m working on, so I decided to turn my attention to yet another project (is this the best idea? I’m not sure) – a series of drawings I want to make, based on the Voynich Manuscript.
Like my series based on Bosch’s work, this won’t be a copy at all, but I want it to sort of adhere to the methodology as we understand it of the Manuscript.
From the Beinecke’s site:
Based on the subject matter of the drawings, the contents of the manuscript falls into six sections: 1) botanicals containing drawings of 113 unidentified plant species; 2) astronomical and astrological drawings including astral charts with radiating circles, suns and moons, Zodiac symbols such as fish (Pisces), a bull (Taurus), and an archer (Sagittarius), nude females emerging from pipes or chimneys, and courtly figures; 3) a biological section containing a myriad of drawings of miniature female nudes, most with swelled abdomens, immersed or wading in fluids and oddly interacting with interconnecting tubes and capsules; 4) an elaborate array of nine cosmological medallions, many drawn across several folded folios and depicting possible geographical forms; 5) pharmaceutical drawings of over 100 different species of medicinal herbs and roots portrayed with jars or vessels in red, blue, or green, and 6) continuous pages of text, possibly recipes, with star-like flowers marking each entry in the margins.
So… yeah. That’s what I’m trying to wrap my head around tonight.