Friday, March 17, 2017

Making Pictures With Words

A ninth century French manuscript called the Aratea is one of the earliest known examples of the calligram—the artful arrangement of text to form an image, whose form is part of the message.
Each page of the Aratea has a poem by the 3rd-century BC Greek poet Aratus describing an astronomical constellation. The pages also picture images of the constellations made up of words taken from Hyginus’ Astronomica.


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