Why Babies in Medieval Paintings Look Like Ugly Old MenDecember 9, 2017
The reason is: at the time, philosophers thought that Christ was born like a “perfectly formed and unchanged” man, aka he came out looking like a fully grown-up. Luckily everything stopped thanks to Renaissance.
What If The Animals From Medieval Bestiaries Could Move…November 19, 2017
I love animals from Medieval bestiaries. They are truly beautiful. So when I came across this video with the animation of the hedgehog described in Latin Physiologus I just couldn’t resist… The Polish animating studio Obrazki nunu &...
Explore The World Of Medieval Glassmakers At Musee du ClunyNovember 1, 2017
Often when we think about the Middle Ages, it’s sort of this rarefied, distant time that we have no connection to. Probably know you picture gallant knights sitting astride brilliant destriers galloping through a sea of plagues, ignorance, and...
An Illuminated Year With Limbourg BrothersSeptember 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 SaintAugust 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)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-AgesAugust 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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