I’d written and have now scrapped, under the above title, a fairly standard academic paper on a fairly ordinary subject: the notion of ‘like’-ness as the proper purpose of the image.
Anachronistic and inapplicable assumptions in regard to ‘realism’ are pervasive in Voynich studies, result in false comparisons being proffered and affect attribution, description and interpretation – so I treated the notion’s emergence in Latin Europe and explained that pre-Renaissance art, and non-western art has different self-definitions and different expectations of ‘like-’ness .
I also spoke about advances in art history and analytical method since the end of the second World War – technologies, attitudes and specific techniques.
There were a few caustic asides about facile side-by-side pictures, presented without the formal commentary which justifies any implied or overt assertions of ‘like’-ness.
I’ve scrapped that essay because it occurs to me it is more useful to demonstrate than explain the value of analytical method, and because there is currently a notion circulating online that there is only one approach that is “right, true and scientific”.
Frankly, such ignorance is abysmal in 2017 so I’m going to stop writing for a couple of weeks (maybe) and hope some readers’ interest is serious enough to result in book-buying and -reading. Though it only deals with medieval art, and chiefly Latin Christian art, this is a good start as introduction to methods – plural – which may inform our approach at a professional level.
Colum Hourihane (ed.), The Routledge Companion to Medieval Iconography,(2017)
As direct connection to the Vms, perhaps you’d like to read one of my earlier posts, ‘Voynich as Provenancer’ (March 11, 2015).
If you’re interested in applied as well as theoretical exercises, here are three sets of images to be seen on well-known and oft-cited Voynich-related websites. None come with any explanation, commentary or other matter so they’re like the Voynich ms in that way. 🙂
It would be brilliant to be able to come back with ‘blindfold’ analytical treatments by one or two other Voynich-writers who have some prior training in this sort of work. I’d really like to see, for example, what Darren Worley wrote.
Not so likely given the current climate .. but you never know.
Anyone piqued by the idea and who might like to write an evaluation of one or more of the image-sets above – it’s exam conditions of course. You can email me at voynichimagery gmail com
So now… wait and see.