The scroll is known as the Ripley Scroll, it was created around the year 1570, and the text is an English translation of the Visio Mystica, an alchemical text attributed to Arnold of Villanova. There are online references to several different versions, from an original that is to date unknown, of this scroll — this version, with its particularly richly colored and detailed artwork, seems to be generally known as the Beinecke version, after the library that houses it.
Reviving a Forgotten Artist of the Occult This article from Hyperallergic, by Sharmistha Ray, gives an overview of the exhibition Pamela Colman Smith: Life and Work, currently on display at Pratt Institute Libraries in Brooklyn (through April 11, 2019). Smith was a student at Pratt Institute from 1893-7. A few outtakes: Installed across the library’s foyers… Read More ›