Those of us who went to college can remember the amazingly fun times we had with our coursemates. However, I doubt that, in our spare time, any of us did anything as weird as one band of students from the Czech Republic.
A group of Czech students has the weirdest understanding of leisure we’ve seen so far. They decided to recreate weird and bizarre scenes found in illustrations from medieval books. And we know how strangely artists from the Middle Ages saw the world around them.
So scroll down, upvote your favorite recreated scenes from the Middle Ages, and remember to share with your friends (they’ll have a hearty laugh, we promise). Oh, and do let us know in the comments below which pictures you like best and why. When you’re done with this list and if you still need your dose of medieval weirdness, take a look at Bored Panda’s list about how ugly cats in paintings from the Middle Ages are.
The Czech students obviously have a good sense of humor, and plenty of courage and flexibility, too, because they’re not afraid to recreate some of the more difficult medieval drawings that would make anyone’s eyebrows shoot up into their hairline. But why does art from the Middle Ages look as though it belongs in Wonderland, along with Alice and the White Rabbit?
Some believe that all the peculiar drawings in books were the result of monks who got bored and spent their time doodling. Monks were the ones who usually illustrated books in the Middle Ages, and their work was very meticulous, requiring superhuman amounts of patience. So it’s no wonder that a few novices decided to let their imaginations run wild on a few pages.
One trend often seen in books from the Middle Ages is just how often you come across illustrations of rabbits attacking people. Listverse writes that monks probably found the idea that rabbits were the ones hunting their hunters to be hilarious.
There are also plenty of drawings of cats licking their butts, and knights fighting snails. Just History Posts suggests that there are plenty of theories as to why there is an absurd number of snails in ancient art. One theory is that snails represent death and the Resurrection, while another is that they mock the Lombards who used to rule most of what is now known as Italy. Whatever the true purpose of such drawings, the fact is that they are highly amusing, and we would love it if more people recreated scenes from Medieval art.
Dear pandas, if you know who these students are or know how to get in touch with them, please let us know!