Art Historians Explain Why A Medieval Man Is Getting Rolled Into A Joint, Among Other Things

April 6, 2015 6:12 PM

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Art Historians Explain Why A Medieval Man Is Getting Rolled Into A Joint, Among Other Things

Once upon a time in the Middle Ages, some artist spent a surprising amount of time painting a face on the butt of a horse. Fast forward to 2015, and social media users centuries later are gleefully adding modern captions to the medieval handiwork for their Tumblr and Twitter audiences. Because lol!

And yet these illustrations would surprise no expert historian. Books were intentionally filled with this kind of strange artwork, and took a long time to make, even as a team effort by skilled artisans concentrated in cities like Paris. A book didn't used to be a thing you could buy as a joke at an...

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