Medieval Art

Medieval Art

The Unicorn Tapestries – Allegory of Christ, or a Happy Husband?

The Unicorn Tapestries are a set of medieval tapestries depicting the hunt for a unicorn. They’re probably the most famous tapestries ever, and...

Alexandra Kiely 9 April 2022

Medieval Art

Explore the World of Medieval Glass

Often when we think about the Middle Ages, it’s sort of this rarefied, distant time that we have no connection to. Probably you picture gallant...

Zuzanna Stańska 7 April 2022

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Meme-Making: Dutch Medieval Illustrations Breathe a Memetic Life!

Do you think a meme is the millennial method of transmission of knowledge? You scroll no more than a few inches on any digital social media platform,...

Urvi Chheda 4 April 2022

Animals

The Medieval Bestiary – Cute, Quirky, and Weird Animals

Of all the medieval manuscripts, bestiaries are definitely the most fun. A medieval bestiary is a book about animals. It’s full of unusual...

Alexandra Kiely 4 April 2022

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Watch the Hedgehogs from Medieval Bestiaries Come to Life!

I love animals from Medieval bestiaries. They are truly beautiful. So when I came across this video animating the hedgehog described in Latin...

Zuzanna Stańska, Nicole Ganbold 4 April 2022

Medieval Art

Medieval Take on Comic Books – Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry

The Middle Ages have a very sketchy reputation. On one hand, we know that a lot of amazing art was created during that time. On the other hand,...

Joanna Kaszubowska 4 April 2022

WTF Art History

The Unbelievable Story of Killer Rabbits in Medieval Manuscripts

If you ever watched Monty Python and the Holy Grail, you probably remember the scene when the vicious killer bunny (which, as we remember, is a...

Zuzanna Stańska 4 April 2022

Animals

Five Fun Facts About Gargoyles – Quirky Creatures of the Middle Ages and Beyond

Everybody loves gargoyles! I used to think I was alone in this, but I’ve come to learn that’s not at all true. In case any of you...

Alexandra Kiely 1 April 2022

Medieval Art

Treasures of Medieval Irish Art to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

Today is St. Patrick’s Day, so that means it’s a day to celebrate all things Irish. What better way to do that than by looking at some...

Alexandra Kiely 17 March 2022

Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: Giotto, Ognissanti Madonna

Giotto di Bondone is known as the artist who, in the 13th century, began to paint in a way that led art history to the Renaissance. This Florentine...

Zuzanna Stańska 15 March 2022

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Legacy of Kievan Rus’: The Saint Sophia Cathedral in Kyiv, Ukraine

Saint Sophia, a stunning 11th-century cathedral in Kyiv, Ukraine, is a monument of the time when Kyiv was the capital of the massive empire called...

Alexandra Kiely 5 March 2022

Medieval Art

The Sutton Hoo Ship Burial and Its Anglo-Saxon Treasures

A Netflix production called The Dig (released January 29, 2021) is a fictionalized story about the 1939 discovery of the Sutton Hoo ship burial. It...

Alexandra Kiely 2 February 2022