In the previous folio, 75r, we saw the Greek goddess Iris conducting ghosts to the Underworld.
In folio 75v, we see the ghosts seated beneath an awning as water from the river Lethe trickles over their heads, erasing their memories of the world above. They are crying out ‘dea ma’ (my goddess) and ...(more)
Near the top of the single-file women, there is a rainbow, and that tells us who is in the picture and what she is doing. The rainbow is the symbol of Iris, messenger of the Olympian gods. She is holding a staff (in Greek art, it would be a caduceus) and guiding her charges along the river Styx t...(more)
The crowned lady in the illustration above is Queen Barbara of Celje, who wed the Holy Roman Roman Emperor Sigismund and co-founded the Order of the Dragon, a society for battling Ottoman Turks and heretics. Barbara was Holy Roman Empress from 1433–1437, and was Queen of Hungary and Bohemia, but ...(more)