The Virgin Mary ~ one of 24 compartmental scenes on The Ghent Altarpiece, Saint Bavo Cathedral, Ghent, Belgium.  Considered a world-class masterpiece.  The work was begun by Hubert van Eyck and upon his death in 1426 it was completed by his brother Jan van Ecyk - completed in 1432.

The Virgin Mary ~ one of 24 compartmental scenes on The Ghent Altarpiece, Saint Bavo Cathedral, Ghent, Belgium. Considered a world-class masterpiece. The work was begun by Hubert van Eyck and upon his death in 1426 it was completed by his brother Jan van Ecyk - completed in 1432.

Sandro Botticelli ~ The Madonna of the Book (Madonna del Libro) (detail), c.1483 (Museo Poldi Pezzoli)

Sandro Botticelli ~ The Madonna of the Book (Madonna del Libro) (detail), c.1483 (Museo Poldi Pezzoli)

Medieval Limp Binding, linen cloth cover.  1451-1452, National Library of Sweden.

Medieval Limp Binding, linen cloth cover. 1451-1452, National Library of Sweden.

Medieval Tablet Weaving  http://www.pinterest.com/byzantinarticon/scenes-of-life-in-mediavel-and-renaissance-manuscr/

Medieval Tablet Weaving http://www.pinterest.com/byzantinarticon/scenes-of-life-in-mediavel-and-renaissance-manuscr/

Case for a Book (back view), 15th c. French, leather (Cuir bouilli) and metal mounts. MMA.

Case for a Book (back view), 15th c. French, leather (Cuir bouilli) and metal mounts. MMA.

Domenico Ghirlandaio, St Jerome in his Study, 1480  Fresco, detail

Domenico Ghirlandaio, St Jerome in his Study, 1480 Fresco, detail

Si hortum in bibliotheca habes, nihil deerit. He who has a garden and a library wants for nothing. - Cicero.   Painting of The Young Cicero Reading, c. 1464 by Vincenzo Foppa.

Si hortum in bibliotheca habes, nihil deerit. He who has a garden and a library wants for nothing. - Cicero. Painting of The Young Cicero Reading, c. 1464 by Vincenzo Foppa.

Bibliothèque nationale de France, Français 27, f. 259v (‘a philosopher being harassed by demons’). St Augustine, De civitate dei. Rouen, 3rd quarter of the 15th century.    If the philosopher is the seated woman, she seems too engrossed in her reading to notice the demons.

Bibliothèque nationale de France, Français 27, f. 259v (‘a philosopher being harassed by demons’). St Augustine, De civitate dei. Rouen, 3rd quarter of the 15th century. If the philosopher is the seated woman, she seems too engrossed in her reading to notice the demons.

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