Saint Bonaventure’s The Life of Saint Francis, Illuminated Manuscript attributed to Stefano Lunetti (1504)

  • The first miniature depicts St. Francis appearing to St. Bonaventure, his biographer. Thomas Aquinas is shown entering Bonaventure’s room accompanied by a Dominican and Franciscan. (Aquinas famously commented, “Let us leave a saint to write about a saint.”)
  • Also depicted are Franciscan saints in the four corners of the border: Anthony of Padua, Louis of Toulouse, Clare, and Bernardino of Siena . 


Details from Dante’s Divine Comedy
Inferno and Purgatorio (ff. 1-128), and all historiated initials illuminated by Priamo della Quercia between 1442 and 1450 (previously attributed to Lorenzo Vecchietta, see Pope-Hennessy 1947); Paradiso (ff. 129-190v) illuminated by Giovanni di Paolo c. 1450.


Dante’s Paradiso, Manuscript illumination by Giovanni di Paolo (1450)

  • St. Bonaventure shows the Saints to Dante, from Canto 12 of the Paradise of the Divine Comedy. The majority of figures pointed out to Dante in this passage are famous theologians: St. Augustine, Hugh of St. Victor, Peter Comestor, Chrysostom, Anselm, and Rabanus Maurus.”
  • Dante meets St. Thomas Aquinas and Albert the Great in Canto 10 of the Paradise, among the lovers of divine wisdom. Beneath them are Boethius, St. Denis the Areopagite, Gratian, Peter Lombard, Paul Orosius, Solomon, St. Isidore of Seville, the Venerable Bede, Richard of St. Victor and Siger of Brabant. “


The Lying-in-State of St. Bonaventure (Francisco de Zurbarán, 1629)

St. Bonaventure Receiving the Banner of St. Sepulchre from the Madonna (Francesco Solimena, 1710)

St. Bonaventure Enters the Franciscan Order (Francisco de Herrera the Elder, 1628)

…the image as regards its ‘esse’ chiefly consists in the soul and its faculties, and in these above all inasmuch as they can be converted toward God. And in this respect there is no distinction between male and female, slave and free.
St. Bonaventure (Commentary on the Sentences of Peter Lombard)    

Book of Hours
Date: 1450-1499
Country of Origin: Netherlands
Language: Middle Dutch
Source: Fordham University, Walsh Library


Kloster Sankt Emmeram, Regensburg, Bayern 


Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres - Roger Freeing Angelica


Model 1870/87 Vetterli carbine.  Originates from Italy, late 19th century.

Myth is not prehistory; it is timeless reality, which repeats itself in history.
Ernst Jünger, The Forest Passage (via hierarchical-aestheticism)    

Portal of St. Basil’s Cathedral, Moskow ( by Madgrin)