Friday, May 24, 2013

The Voynich Manuscript: the Sistine Chapel

I was watching the French-German TV series Borgia and I noticed that Season 1 titles include what I guess is artistic interpretation of the original ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, which was yellow stars on blue background. The stars were painted over with the ceiling images we know today by Michelangelo in the early 16th century. Supposedly the stars represented the Virgin Mary. Such ceilings can be found from France (where later the stars were changed with Fleur-de-lis - also symbol of the Virgin) all the way to  Sweden and Washington DC. So I thought that the star 'tapestry' in the center of the the nine-rosette page of the Voynich Manuscript may be meant to represent such a church ceiling.

While the star ceiling of the Sistine Chapel existed for a short period of time between 1480-1508,  the ceiling of Sainte Chapelle in Paris, France was there since 13th century.


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  2. Ellie, Were you able to do a little "star-related research among the latest offerings of digital images from the Gregorian University? Big stars, little stars, and one huge star which appeared as a large "centerfold".The televised news item in which the University professors were giving page-by-page glimpses of some of their work in progress. Oh, handwritten documents (all of which had to have been in the Roman College before being walled off by the remodeling and extension of the Roman College into the Gregorian University. So there, at least, you have evidence for when documents very similar to the Voynich manuscript were written and stored at the College, prior to its "redevelopment" as the Gregorian University.