A Tale of Revenge and Justice: The Oresteia in PaintingsJuly 13, 2021
Marcus Aurelius, the last of the five good Roman emperors once wrote: “The best way to avenge yourself is not to become as they are” (Meditations 6.6). When one reads Aeschylus’ well-known trilogy, Oresteia, it will become clear...
When in Mexico: Mysterious and Beautiful Flower Crowned Nun PortraitsJuly 5, 2021
Gambol into the lobby of most Mexican hotels, or visit any antique store in Mexico, and you’re bound to find a portrait of an 18th or 19th-century nun wearing a crown of flowers. Who is she? What does...
Why is St Sebastian a Gay Icon?June 6, 2021
One may think that Christian saints have little in common with gay culture, but there is an exception to every rule. If you see a handsome guy in his early twenties perforated by arrows, you know it’s St...
Medieval Take on Comic Books – Très Riches Heures du Duc de BerryMay 16, 2021
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, there’s this lingering notion that the Middle Ages were a...
All that Glitters: The Sparkling World of Medieval MosaicsMay 10, 2021
Welcome to the sparkling world of medieval mosaics! Although not as famous as illuminated manuscripts or stained glass, mosaic was a popular art form that enlivened both Christian churches and Islamic mosques during the Middle Ages. Mosaics are...
Painting of the Week: Judgement Scene from Book of the Dead of HuneferMay 9, 2021
Death continues to be one of the greatest fears of human society. Since the dawn of recorded history through the centuries of plague, pestilence, and meeting our own modern global pandemic, death has always been a worry. It...
The Marriage of the Virgin: A Comparison Between Raphael and PeruginoApril 29, 2021
We remember Raphael for his art’s grace, balance, and harmony, which made him one of the great masters of the High Renaissance. His work gave him everlasting fame and the title of divino pittore (divine painter), but Raphael...
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