This article explores the Vox Clamantis’ famous image of the archer shooting an arrow at a globe. There are sources and analogues for all the elements of the picture, but their combination and reinvention have produced a unique iconography. Gower’s multispectral conception of the globe combines ecological features with human estates with divine justice. Huntington Library HM 150 extends this innovation further, possibly even linking the miniature to the Wilton Diptych via the cross and pennon planted on the top of its globe. The complexity of the ideas embedded in the archer images suggests that Gower himself, and not the artist(s) he employed, designed the iconography.
"Global Gower: The Archer Aiming at the World,"
Accessus: Vol. 5
, Article 2.
Available at: https://scholarworks.wmich.edu/accessus/vol5/iss2/2