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Artes Orandi, Epistolandi, Memoranda
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Artes Orandi, Epistolandi, Memoranda

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Description Versions of the imagery displayed here can be found in nurseries and schoolrooms today. Here, each letter of the alphabet has been associated with something that is the same shape. For example, the artist has cleverly recognized that A looks like a folding ladder, B like a mandolin, and so forth. While the images chosen may seem a bit strange to us, the idea is the same as their modern counterparts: they work as mnemonic devices, or memory aids.
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Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore, after 1894 [mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, after 1894

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paper with woodcut print
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
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Overall: H: 7 11/16 × W: 6 × D: 15/16 in. (19.6 × 15.3 × 2.4 cm)
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Not On View


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