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  • An Illuminated Year With Limbourg Brothers

    By September 14, 2017

    Imagine you are an extremely rich duke who lives in the 15th century and likes books and castles. What do you do to have them both? Commission a book filled with castles, as John the Magnificent, Duke of Berry...

  • Thomas Becket: The Imagery of an Unexpected Saint

    By August 16, 2017

    A controversial figure, no one among his contemporaries would ever have assumed that Thomas Becket, adviser to King Henry II and, later, Archbishop of Canterbury, was destined for sainthood.  Born into the petty nobility around 1119, Becket received...

  • Dancing With Skeletons (Danse Macabre)

    By November 9, 2016

    Danse macabre – a weird dance of people and skeletons. You could think that it is some kind of a scene from a horror movie. But surprisingly, it is a medieval allegorical concept of the all-conquering and equalizing...

  • These Romantic Paintings Of Edward Burne-Jones Will Make You Miss Middle-Ages

    By August 18, 2016

    Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones, 1st Baronet ARA was a British artist and designer closely associated with Pre-Raphaelite movement. Arthurian Legends, knights and chivalry were among artist’s favorite subjects. Everything started when Alfred Tennyson published “Morte d’Arthur”  in 1842. When Burne-Jones read...

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