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Page from a 14th-century Psalter, showing a drollery on the right margin.
Drollery detail from The Rylands Haggadah
For the type of humor, see Droll humor. For the short comical sketch from the 17-th century, see Droll.

Drolleries (or drollery), often called a grotesque, are decorative thumbnail images in the margins of Illuminated manuscripts, most popular from about 1250 through the 15th century, though found earlier and later. The most common types of drollery images appear as mixed creatures, either between different animals, or between animals and human beings, or even between animals and plants or inorganic things. Examples include cocks with human heads, dogs carrying human masks, archers winding out of a fish’s mouth, bird-like dragons with an elephant’s head on the back. Often they have a thematic connection with the subject of the text of the page, and larger miniatures, and they usually form part of a wider scheme of decorated margins, though some are effectively doodles added later.

One manuscript, The Croy Hours, has so many it has become known as The Book of Drolleries.

Another manuscript that contains many drolleries is the Luttrell Psalter, which has hybrid creatures and other monsters on a great deal of the pages.

References[edit]

  • Michelle P. Brown (1994), Understanding Illuminated Manuscripts: A Guide to Technical Terms, ISBN 0-89236-217-0

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Calgary Herald (blog)

Calgary Herald (blog)
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 17:39:30 -0700

He has a rich upper register, a sense of the comical and the ludicrous, and moreover, an ability to convey irony with a side-dish of pathos, the perfect qualities for Masetto, and for Poulenc's drawing-room drolleries. However, keep your eyes and ears ...
 
OCRegister
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 10:15:00 -0700

She brings out the humor in Lucy's omniscience, and engages Freeman's professor in some deadpan drolleries. Not playing God for a change, Freeman is a cosmic straight man, as charming and unflappable as that other show-biz God, George Burns.
 
Vozpopuli
Mon, 14 Jul 2014 19:07:09 -0700

Desde un análisis de las representaciones figurativas y escénicas conocidas como drolleries, que utilizan monstruos y seres grotescos para ilustrar los pecados y el mal, hasta los híbridos tradicionales de hombre y bestia -centauros y criaturas ...
 
El País.com (España)
Fri, 04 Jul 2014 14:56:15 -0700

A caballo entre el gótico tardío y el prerrenacimiento, El Bosco recupera las drolleries grotescas de los códices miniados (animales, monstruos) y los temas de la paremiología bajomedieval y los amplifica y concede protagonismo en sus pinturas ...
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