Crossing the Sword Bridge. Sir Lancelot of the Lake in Medieval ArtJuly 5, 2019
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 were the popular culture of the time, Sir Lancelot of the Lake being...
The Lewis Chessmen and Their Long-Lost BrotherJune 10, 2019
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. Not only are reproductions of the chessmen best-selling chess sets, but they also...
Gentle Giant in the River. Medieval Representations of Saint ChristopherMay 21, 2019
In 1904, an extensive report made for the British Archaeological Association revealed that in England there were more wall paintings of Saint Christopher than of any other saint. However, this gentle giant of a man was equally popular...
Notre-Dame de Paris – Its Present and FutureApril 22, 2019
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 the reports, both the reliable and the sensational, to come up with this summary of Notre-Dame’s...
Viking Art: From Ships and Swords to Ornate BroochesApril 19, 2019
Vikings and their culture have filled our lives since their days of domination. There are TV shows, sports teams; Nordic culture and mythology permeate the media with superhero characters like Thor; anime series such as Attack on Titan...
Notre-Dame Is Burning DownApril 15, 2019
The world has received the very sad news that Paris’s famous Notre-Dame cathedral is burning down. Sometime on April 15, 2019, during renovations to the church, the roof and spire caught fire, which spread quickly. At the time...
Discovering Camelot: Arthurian Art in PolandApril 12, 2019
1887 saw a significant discovery in the field of medieval art, though at the time nobody, not even the discoverer himself, was aware of the real value of his find. The discoverer was one Wilhelm Klose, the tax...
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