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Science, and particularly geometry and astronomy/astrology, was linked directly to the divine for most medieval scholars. The compass in this 13th century manuscript is a symbol of God's act of Creation. God has created the universe after geometric and harmonic principles, to seek these principles was therefore to seek and worship God.

  • Title: God as Architect/Builder/Geometer/Craftsman
  • From: The Frontispiece of Bible Moralisee
  • Style: Gothic
  • Date: mid-13th C.
  • Location: France
  • Codex Vindobonensis 2554 (French, ca. 1250), in the Österreichische Nationalbibliothek.

Famously used as the first colour illustration to Benoit B. Mandelbrot's The Fractal Geometry of Nature...


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