Thursday, April 19, 2012

What To Do With Your Coat of Arms

I ran across the following poster a few days ago on one of the Facebook groups to which I belong.


I thought it was some very impressive advice about what to do with your coat of arms once you have one.  Not terribly practical in the 21st Century, I know, but still ... it's a great photograph.  And it reminded me of this painting ...


... from the Manesse Codex, or to give it its proper name, the Große Heidelberger Liederhandschrift, Cod. Pal. germ. 848, page 166v, Herr Walther von Metze.  (You can see the entire digitized songbook --which is what it really is, heraldic miniatures to the contrary notwithstanding -- and even download a .pdf of it in its entirety, from the website of the University of Heidelberg at: http://digi.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/diglit/cpg848)

It is kind of amazing to see that sort of heraldic display taken from an early 14th Century book and created "live" in the 21st Century.

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