The Complicated Meaning and Mysterious Origin of The Cloisters CrossJanuary 19, 2019
The Cloisters Cross is a beautiful English Romanesque walrus ivory cross, likely dating to the middle of the 12th century. From the moment it reappeared in the mid-20th century, art historians have considered it to be one of...
Theosophy and Art: There Is No Religion Higher Than TruthDecember 13, 2018
The subtitle of today’s post is the motto of the American Theosophical Society, which has been functioning since its foundation in New York in 1875. Its most famous leader, Russian Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, taught that Theosophy was not a religion...
Let It Be: The Annunciation In Medieval And Renaissance Christian ArtAugust 28, 2018
Religious themes in art have prevailed throughout time. Whether it is Catholicism, Judaism, Islam, or Hinduism – being able to visually interact (through images or text) with the religious messages is an important aspect to many religious followers...
Dream-like Artworks: Minnie Evans’ Divine InspirationAugust 14, 2018
Folk Art, Surrealist, Visionary, Americana, call it what you will. Minnie Evans’ (1892-1987) dream-like artworks speak of another world; a world which the artist believed God had given her insight to see. The North Carolina native’s oeuvre ranges...
Celebrity Sculptors, Medieval Fraud And Nazi Looting – The Outrageous Story Of The Golden Veit Stoss AltarpieceAugust 6, 2018
This is largest Gothic altarpiece in the world and a national treasure of Poland. Carved over a period of 12 years, the 15th Century Veit Stoss Altarpiece is located behind the high altar of St. Mary’s Basilica, Krakow. Standing...
Painting of the Week – The Merode Altarpiece by Robert CampinJuly 8, 2018
Today’s painting of the week is the Merode Altarpiece by the workshop of Robert Campin, c. 1427-32. This work is a triptych (three-panel painting) depicting the Annunciation, Saint Joseph, and two donors. The Annunciation, when the Angel Gabriel...
Restoration of “Last Supper” You Had No Idea ExistedJune 6, 2018
Everybody knows Last Supper painted by Leonardo da Vinci hosted in the Milanese church Santa Maria delle Grazie. But does anyone know another painting treating the same theme painted by a woman artist in Florence around 50 years...
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