Humor found in medieval manuscripts

A new exhibit at the Louvre in Paris explores "a largely ignored aspect of painting in the Middle Ages: the fun in medieval manuscripts." The exhibition, Enluminures: Moyen Âge et Renaissance, will be on view until October 10, 2011.

Souren Melikian of the New York Times offers a review of the exhibit which features many illuminated manuscripts that have not been shown to the public for many years, such as one study on how to use an astrolabe, which shows a scholar using the instrument wearing only a red loincloth.