The visual culture of magic in the Middle Ages

Authored by: Alejandro García Avilés

The Routledge History of Medieval Magic

Print publication date:  February  2019
Online publication date:  February  2019

Print ISBN: 9781472447302
eBook ISBN: 9781315613192
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When in the 1470s the artist of the Florentine Picture Chronicle depicted the sorcerer Hostanes – a follower of Zoroaster – (see Figure 29.1), he had no doubts that the magician should appear in the guise of an oriental wise man inside a magic circle with several burning censers, invoking demons, book in hand, with some of the demons and evil creatures around also holding books and rolls. 1

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