This is how early modern manuscripts were meant to look. Especially when you consider that gifs are from the internet equivalent of the Middle Ages.
An illustration from Livre appelé Decameron , aultrement surnommé le Prince Galeot, by Laurant de Premierfait and Giovanni Boccaccio, 15th century
Playing on a lute, from Le livre des échecs amoureux moralisés, by Jacobus Magnus and Evrart de Conty, early 15th century
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A volvelle from Astronomicum Caesareum, by Peter Apian, 1540
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