Medieval and Renaissance Images
Illustration depicting a schematized Mohammed from an early medieval Latin translation of the Koran, from a manuscript in la Bibliotheque de l'Arsenal, in Paris. This may be the earliest known depiction of Mohammed, possibly dating from the mid-12th century. This reproduction is from the book Naissance de l'Europe, by Robert S. Lopez (published 1962) (taken from Deux traductions latines du Coran, by Marie-Therese D'Alverny [published 1948]).
Mohammed preaching, from a medieval illuminated manuscript,
with historically inaccurate landscape and clothing
(a common problem in medieval and Renaissance paintings,
which usually showed fashions that were contemporary with the time the painting was made,
rather than showing the costumes of the era depicted)
This picture is of an early Renaissance fresco in Bologna's Church of San Petronio,
created by Giovanni di Modena
Mohammed being tortured in Hell.
to blow up the church in order
to destroy the image.
that shows a straight
frontal view of the figures.
The following two peculiar line drawings show Mohammed dressed in
Renaissance-era German garb and not behaving as one might expect:
"His Wife Scolding the Drunken Mohammed,"
German woodcut print, c. 1481.
Source (for this image and the one below):
The Illustrated Bartsch. Vol. 83, German Book Illustration before 1500
Anonymous Artists, 1481-1482.
Reysen und Wanderschaften durch das Gelobte Land /
Travels and Wanderings Through the Holy Land.
Presumably Mohammed is cursing the vines for producing the grapes
that got him drunk.