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More Homicidal Winemakers, This Time From a 15th Century Flemish Manuscript


Earlier this summer I published a pair of 15th century images illustrating the parable Les Vignerons Homicides in my post Homicidal Winemakers: Images from Speculum Humanae Salvationis. Those two French images focused more on the act of killing.  The Flemish image featured in today’s post is from the same period.  This image is more violent, showing two severed heads complete with a bit of spine, but with that comes detailed winemaking.  Though the winemaker is in the background he is the largest figure in the image.  He attends a basket press filled with grapes, surrounded by a bountiful vineyard.  The winemaker is winding down the lid around a large screw with an ornate top.  Based on the grapes still hanging on the vines I believe the winemaker is making a 100% whole-stem wine.  I strongly recommend you select the link below for the highest resolution.

"Man in enclosed vineyard operating a wine-press. In foreground, three men are being beheaded by man brandishing scimitar." Image fro Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts.  Bodleian Library. Oxford University.

“Man in enclosed vineyard operating a wine-press. In foreground, three men are being beheaded by man brandishing scimitar.” Image fro Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts. Bodleian Library. Oxford University.


Speculum humanae salvationis (fragments). Flemish (?). c. 1460-1470. Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts. Bodleian Library. Oxford University. URL: http://bodley30.bodley.ox.ac.uk:8180/luna/servlet/s/lm3j58

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