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"44 Medieval Beasts
If you've ever seenilluminated manuscripts from the Middle Ages, you know that the scribes liked to decorate every bit of the page. Major illustrations would showwhatever the text was about. Extra spaces would be filled with little people and animals, some of them quite fantastic.
Like the ancient Egyptians, these Medieval scribes had certain conventions about how people were posed. Especially about faces. Everyone has kind of a somber expression. Even the Virgin Mary, during the Annunciation, looks kind of bummed out. Likewise, it was customary that every animal be shown snarling and fierce.
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