Medieval artist illustrates fresh air

vintage illustration of wind from WikipediaIt’s easy to be seduced by web images of art inspired by the wind. There’s a plethora of examples, both contemporary and historical. It’s pure pleasure to dabble this way.

Wikipedia used this vintage image to populate its segment about wind. It illustrates one of the six premises of good health—fresh air—as promoted in a medieval book about good health and healing. Written for a cultured 11th-century Arab audience, The Tacuinum (sometimes Taccuinum Sanitatis) is an eleventh-century Arab medical treatise.

Apparently, the images gracing its pages were so stunning that this popular work was considered “a trecento picture book,” in other words, only marginally a medical text.