Super Mario vs. Gothic Manuscript Borders by Carl Pyrdum

An excerpt from Carl’s essay on why Gothic border illustration logic follows the same physics as the Super Mario Bros. games:

If I widen my focus a bit on the image I started with, you can see that the border-platform that Mario, rabbit, and hound are standing upon dangles from a fancy initial capital that, like the grass clots from the Ormesby Psalter and the question blocks from the Mushroom Kingdom, does not itself feel the pull of gravity.

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