Introductory Mystic Ark Illustrations

Fig. 1 (book Color Fig. 1). The Mystic Ark. Original 1125 to early 1130.  Shown as it might have appeared if constructed at the convent of Hohenbourg during the abbacy of Abbess Herrad in the late twelfth century.  The construction here has a height of 3.632 meters (11 feet, 11 inches) and width of 4.623 meters (15 feet, 2 inches). Digital construction: Clement/Bahmer/Rivas/Bozhilova/Rudolph.

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Fig. 2 (book Color Fig. 10). The Mystic Ark, detail. The central cubit, in scale in the print version (scale cannot be effectively controlled in the web version).  The cubit proper (the area inside the borders) is constructed using the medieval unit of measure, the digit, the central cubit being one-half digit (.9525 cm) square.  For a larger image, see Fig. 38.  Digital construction: Clement/Bahmer/Rivas/Bozhilova/Rudolph.

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Fig. 3 (book Fig. 8). The Mystic Ark, diagrammatic detail. The world, with the central cubit set out as an enlargement to show its place and scale.  Clement/Bahmer/Rivas/Rudolph.

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Fig. 4 (book Fig. 37). Hugh conducting the Mystic Ark lectures. This illustration is based on the measurements of the north gallery of the cloister of Saint-Trophime in Arles but using as models columns and capitals from the cloister of Saint-Denis for architectural details.  Bahmer/Rudolph.

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