JF Ptak Science Books LLC Addition to Post #88
I've found another extraordinary image that would fit just perfectly in an an earlier post, Missing People—Pelerin, Schoen and Marey and Picturing Absent and Empty People for the Study of Perspective.
This wood engraving comes from the Flemish Joachim Sterck van Ringelberg's (1499-1536 or so) book Lucubrations, printed in Basel in 1541 Ringelberg was one of those famous wandering scholars from the first half of the 15th century, and the book was no doubt constructed for the use of his pupils. This is one of about 30 books that Ringelberg wrote--he intended to wrtie a thousand, but times being what they were, and living to only 37 or so, he fell short of the mark. He did produce quite a lot though given his youth, the hardship of travel, access to published works, and tools, and general annoyances of the 16th century traveler who was not a royal. It is really quite remarkable. Ringelberg taught a wide range of subjects belying his quest for M books--he was competent in astronomy, mathematics, literature, classics (of course) , and languages.
This "missing people" image comes from a section of this book dealing with perspective. I'm just endlessly entertained trying to get inside the head of a 16th century student seeing these empty, missing, place-holder human forms for the very first time. As I've said earlier, these figures just don't occur in Western art.