The following links provide samples of medieval, renaissance and Gothic art. Additional links are added periodically. All images are copyright of their respective owners and are used here under Fair Use for research and informational purposes and represent the subject of this article in critical commentary.
Gode’s Cookery presents Tacuinum Sanitatis
The Tacuinum Sanitatis were illuminated medical manuals based on texts translated from Arabic into Latin. Here you can view the incredibly detailed manuscript images. They give us a glimpse into the Medieval Era.
The Paintings of John William Waterhouse
From the Lady of Shallot to Lamia, Waterhouse’s works are considered masterpieces in light and texture. Also consider visiting another tribute site: johnwilliamwaterhouse.com
Gothic Nightmares: Tate Gallery
A deliciously dark array of some of the finest gothic works by Henry Fuseli, Blake, Mortimer and more. All arranged according to theme.
Karen’s Whimsey Medieval Clipart
This is an extensive, well organized clip art database of medieval etchings, woodcuts and sketches. Follow the navigation on the left to find specific themes.
Karen’s Whimsey is an excellent data base of public domain medieval and renaissance artwork. Scroll through the galleries, and stop in at her blog as well. Here’s a good place to jump in… Medieval Crusades.
Gode’s Medieval Woodcuts A fair sampling of the simple woodcut medium. The detailed attributions on many of the images are helpful in research projects.
Howard Pyle was an illustrator in the 19th century that found his passion in the romantic characterizations of pirates, witches, the renaissance, and myth. His innovative style ranged from graphic illustration, engraving, to inspirational post-modernism.
Ulrich Molitor, author and illustrator of De Lamis in 1480. Molitor was a professor at the University of Constance. This work was written in the form of a discussion between Molitor, Archduke Sigismund of Austria, and Conrad Schatz (chief magistrate of Constance); it was designed to remove the doubts and objections raised by Sigismund concerning the existence of witchcraft. He wrote one of the first books on witchcraft, De Lamiis et Pythonicis Mulieribus (Of Witches and Diviner Women), published in 1489. His work contains some of the earliest examples of how people were profiled as stereotypical witches. The politically motivated had determined a social outcast, then they set about creating the characteristics.
An actual wys would have likely been discreet and practiced their faith at a distance, and in a cloistered environment, attending to their ways privately. A wys was also apt be in tune with their natural and social surroundings, intuitively adjusting their activities as led.