Fun on a page, that’s what this illustration is. It shows a city under attack. Two soldiers are prying open the gate with hooks and ropes. Two of their mates decided to try their luck with a more stealthy approach. They cloaked themselves in bushes and are slowly approaching the city walls. In spite of their magic trick they are spotted: the soldier on the wall is waiting for them with a big rock in his hand. A full story captured in a single image, like a modern cartoon: a job well done by this medieval illustrator.
Pic: Göttingen, Staatsbibliothek, Cod. Ms. philos. 63 (15th century).
Nikolai Kochergin’s illustration for a Russian fairy tale.