Words and Pictures

Following @Artmedieval on Twitter, I've come across a great explanation of the wonderful 'calligrams' from centuries past @PublicDomainRev.  The 9th century manuscript Aratea, consists of poetry, text and image, explaining and illuminating the astronomical constellations.  Combining science, poetry and art in a beautiful and intriguing way, even the stars' astronomical appearance in the sky is depicted in this work.

Learning new graphic and visual art forms with @ComicsMasterYou, the calligram is a great example of combining words and pictures through interdependence.  Just like the best picture books, words and pictures work together to add layers of meaning and enrich the reader's experience.

 Love the expression of the Hare - looks like he's in a hurry! (being chased by the hunter Orion or his hunting dogs).

Love the expression of the Hare - looks like he's in a hurry! (being chased by the hunter Orion or his hunting dogs).