Photography in thirteenth century Spain (Mayor graphic novel, s1, p65)

Photography in thirteenth century Spain

The very idea of drafting something, or making a drawing that communicated information, must have been a considerable task in medieval Europe. First, you had to be educated or talented in drafting and designing. Second, you needed paper and ink. Then you needed to transmit that information, which could not be easily reproduced.

Our routine production of selfies denies what a complex activity this would have been in the past. The instagram of the day was the cathedral wall (notably the cathedral at Teruel). The production of a good selfie in the thirteenth century would have been limited to the aristocracy, and even then, verisimilitude would have been wholly dependent on the skill of the artist.

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