“an encyclopedia of Biblical, chronological, astronomical, geographical, theological, philosophical and natural history subjects. It is an extract or synopsis from different authors, and was begun in 1090 and finished in 1120. Written originally in Latin, it was later translated into French as Le Livre fleurissant en fleurs.
Panel with mythological scenes, ca.1790. French, probably Lyon. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Rogers Fund, 1948 (48.79.1) | The top vignette in this panel of furnishing silk shows the abduction of the Roman goddess of spring, Proserpine, by Pluto, ruler of the underworld; the bottom illustrates one of the labors of the Roman demigod Hercules- he is slaying the multi-headed Hydra, while the serpent tries to kill him with its poisonous breath. #spring