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Berthold Furtmeyer, Baum des Todes und des Lebens

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Jul. 11th, 2007 | 05:51 pm
posted by: onooyes in medieval_art

hi! I hope this community isn't totally dead, since I just joined.

dig how the little hosts are growing on the tree with the apples!

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from: half_my_own_man
date: Jul. 12th, 2007 12:07 am (UTC)

Very nice; thank you.

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from: semyaza
date: Jul. 12th, 2007 12:24 am (UTC)

That's a very cool image. I love the skull in the Tree.

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from: sterolg
date: Jul. 12th, 2007 04:06 pm (UTC)

As in the majority of late medieval paintings and manuscript illustrations there is a lot of symbolism in this miniature. I can remember only one right away - a legend of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Some variations of this tale tell us of Jesus being crucified on wood from this very tree.
I will try to find more information regarding this particular image which once used to hang on my wall and which I like very much.

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from: sethomas84
date: Jul. 15th, 2007 01:15 am (UTC)

I've never heard of a myth that Christ was nailed to that tree. I've heard that it was dogwood, which has a cute story behind it, and oak. The oak sources are why oak stakes have the power to kill vampires. I think it's very interesting symbolically to think of Christ being crucified upon the font of Original Sin, though.

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that desperate bird

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from: onooyes
date: Jul. 15th, 2007 06:12 am (UTC)

i've never heard that christ was crucified on the same tree, but the idea that the cross is sort of a mirror-image of the tree of knowledge of good & evil is still popular in catholic thought. the same with mary being the new eve, as is explicitly shown in this picture.

it's also said that the elder was the unfortunate tree to become the cross:
bourtree, bourtree, crooked rung,
never straight and never strong,
ever bush and never tree,
since our lord was nailed on thee.

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