The Author/Artist of the Voynich Codex

  • Jules JanickEmail author
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Based on the assumption that the Voynich Codex was written in a sixteenth century Mexican language, a psychological portrait of the composite author/artist was hypothesized, with evidence pertaining to the content and illustrations. The wide-ranging interests expressed suggest an intellectual person with broad training and language facility. We conjectured that the author or artist was a person of extensive learning associated with one of the educational institutions set up by Franciscan friars, perhaps La Escuela de San José de los Naturales or El Colegio de Santa Cruz de Tlatelolco. The artist had a clear sexual interest in one particular blonde woman, drawing her nude hundreds of times. The author was knowledgeable about kabbalah and was influenced by Christianity, but the inclusion of torture devices suggested a protest statement. The clear interest in medicinal plants suggests that the author or artist might have had medical training.


Author Catholic Church Christianity College of Santa Cruz El Colegio de Santa Cruz de Tlatelolco Herbal medicine Illustrator Kabbalah La Escuela de San José de los Naturales Voynich 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Horticulture & Landscape ArchitecturePurdue UniversityWest LafayetteUSA

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