3 Famous Anonymous Works With Unsolved Mysteries

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Famous anonymous works with unsolved mysteries.

An unsolved crime, an impossible riddle or unexplained circumstances might leave most people scratching their heads in wonder. For others they may spur a quest to solve the puzzle, locate answers or decipher the riddle that’s been presented to them. What about unsolved mysteries? Surprisingly, there are many unsolved mysteries on this planet. The most bewildering unsolved mysteries are from three anonymous creators. Who they are we may never know.

Voynich Manuscript

The legendary Voynich Manuscript is an illustrated codex featuring an unknown writing system. Produced on vellum pages that have been carbon-dated to the early 15th century (1404-1438) the manuscript is named after a Polish book dealer, Wilfrid Voynich, who purchased it in 1912.

Cryptographers, codebreakers, linguists and historians have studied the Voynich Manuscript in an attempt to decipher what it means, however, no endeavors have proven successful. Speculation about the manuscript’s authenticity has some skeptics claiming that it’s a hoax and others who say it is a genuine document.

The original Voynich Manuscript is held at Yale University’s library, but PDF versions can be downloaded and viewed through Internet Archive.

Master of the Playing Cards

During the 15th century the printing press spawned the art of engraving and the first famous artist was the Master of the Playing Cards. This anonymous person, who has been called ‘the first personality in the history of engraving’ is known only through the 106 engravings that exist today. He is named after the set of playing cards that he engraved and it’s speculated that the Master of the Playing Cards may have been a painter because of use of shading in his art.

The Farce of Master Pierre Pathelin

And the final famous work created by an anonymous contributor is the medieval farce Master Pierre Pathelin. Written in French the play was published in 1457 and became extremely popular, as well as influential, due to its critique on the complexity of social situations and dishonesty. Lawyers and a disastrous court case are part of the story and yet no one know who wrote the play.

Enjoy and happy sleuthing!

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