Medieval Art

Medieval Art

Notre-Dame de Paris – One Year Later

On April 15, 2019, the world watched in horror as fire swept through the famous cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris. For several heartbreaking hours, it...

Alexandra Kiely 15 April 2020

Holy Week in Art. Easter Explained in Paintings

To celebrate the Christian festival of Easter, here is the story of Holy Week and Easter explained in paintings. Palm Sunday Stained glass...

Isla Phillips-Ewen 11 April 2020

Medieval Art

Isenheim Altarpiece: A Crucifixion Like No Other

There are real and fictional characters anchored in our collective unconscious. Their recurring presence in art history illustrates more than just...

Christopher Michaut 1 November 2019

Medieval Art

“Angel with Attitude”. Grumpy Angel from The Hyde Collection

Angel is a painting by Niccolò di Ser Sozzo, c. 1350, owned by The Hyde Collection in Glens Falls, NY. This is an unusual depiction of an angel with...

Alexandra Kiely 17 August 2019

Medieval Art

Crossing the Sword Bridge. Sir Lancelot of the Lake in Medieval Art

The 12th century saw the rise of secular literature centred on heroes. Courtly poetry and prose took up themes of love and chivalry. These stories...

Guest Profile 5 July 2019

The Lewis Chessmen and Their Long-Lost Brother

The Lewis Chessmen are among the world's most recognizable works of medieval art, right up there with the Unicorn Tapestries and the Book of Kells.

Alexandra Kiely 10 June 2019

Medieval Art

Gentle Giant in the River. Medieval Representations of Saint Christopher

In 1904, an extensive report made for the British Archaeological Association revealed that in England there were more wall paintings of Saint...

Guest Profile 21 May 2019

Medieval Art

Notre-Dame de Paris – Its Present and Future

After Monday’s fire at Notre-Dame de Paris, I have been looking continuously for news about the building’s status. I sorted through all...

Alexandra Kiely 22 April 2019

Notre-Dame Is Burning Down

The world has received the very sad news that Paris’s famous Notre-Dame cathedral is burning down. Sometime on April 15, 2019, during...

Alexandra Kiely 15 April 2019

Art History 101

Byzantine Icons – Who, What, When, and Where

Byzantine icons are more of a prayer object than anything else. Though likened to idolatry, the icons mean more than what can be confined by that...

Rachel Witte 13 March 2019

Medieval Art

The Complicated Meaning and Mysterious Origin of The Cloisters Cross

The Cloisters Cross is a beautiful English Romanesque walrus ivory cross, likely dating to the middle of the 12th century. From the moment it...

Alexandra Kiely 19 January 2019

Masterpiece Stories

Painting of the Week: Giotto di Bondone, Adoration of the Magi

January 6 in the Christian calendar is a day devoted to the Magi. According to the Bible, Three Wise Men from the East come to Bethlehem to visit...

Kate Wojtczak 6 January 2019