ARTICLE: Allegra Iafrate, Of stars and men: Metthew Paris and the Illustrations of MS Ashmole 304, in Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes, LXXVI, 2013, pp. 139-177.
This paper focuses on the body of illustrations which currently are or once were part of the present Oxford, Bodleian Library MS Ashmole 304, of which Matthew Paris was both the scribe and the illustrator. The manuscript, as it appears today after the partial loss of some of its sections, constitutes a collection of six fortune-telling tracts, or sortes-a prognostication typology which circulated widely in both Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages, in the Mediterranean area and beyond. The aim of the author is to present the illustrations systematically, wherever possible to trace the iconographical and typological models used for them, and to discuss and comment on some specific features.