Things I've picked up along the way...

Pretty medieval manuscript of the day is the Splendor solis, an alchemical treatise. The page is dominated by the illustration of three birds in a flask, but in the border on the bottom left is a pope.
I know less than nothing about alchemy, so I honestly have no clue what is going on here. I’ve found some websites which describe this image as ‘Jupiter’ - but I don’t understand why. Can anyone explain? Please do leave a comment below.
Image source: British Library MS 3469. Image declared as public domain on the British Library website.

Pretty medieval manuscript of the day is the Splendor solis, an alchemical treatise. The page is dominated by the illustration of three birds in a flask, but in the border on the bottom left is a pope.

I know less than nothing about alchemy, so I honestly have no clue what is going on here. I’ve found some websites which describe this image as ‘Jupiter’ - but I don’t understand why. Can anyone explain? Please do leave a comment below.

Image source: British Library MS 3469. Image declared as public domain on the British Library website.

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