Painting, sculpture, and similar forms of artistic expression.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2013-12-04 14:06
The recent restoration of a portrait of Sir Walter Raleigh has revealed a secret: a hidden crescent moon over water, a symbol of the explorer's devotion to Queen Elizabeth I. The portrait is on display at the National Portrait Gallery in London until January 5, 2014. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2013-12-02 10:10
From Sarah Bernhardt to Helen Mirren, women have longed from - and won - the meaty male parts in Shakespeare's plays. New York Times columnist Alexis Soloski looks at women playing Shakespearean heroes in a recent article.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2013-11-28 12:35
Rumors of a portrait of Renaissance noblewoman Isabella d’Este by Leonardo da Vinci have circulated for centuries, but no art historian had actually seen it. Now a painting, believed to be by the master, has been discovered in a Swiss bank vault, possibly solving a 500-year-old mystery. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2013-11-13 13:26
In a 2013 paper, published in volume 4 of i-Perception on perceptionweb.com, Claus-Christian Carbon and Pia Deininger look at the role and perception of light in the medieval world. The paper is entitled Golden perception: Simulating perceptual habits of the past.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2013-11-01 15:58
Modern maps rarely include wondrous sea monsters in their depictions of bodies of water. Author Chet Van Duzer laments this fact in his new book Sea Monsters on Medieval and Renaissance Maps. Tanya Lewis of LiveScience has a review.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2013-11-01 11:16
Archival experts are teaming up with scientists to re-create two Tudor monuments using a combination of cutting-edge technology and document research. The two tombs, both victims of Henry VIII's dissolution of the monasteries, are those of Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk and Henry Fitzroy, Duke of Richmond, illegimate son of Henry VIII. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2013-10-25 13:31
Dutch graffiti artist Niels Meulman, AKA Shoe, is no stranger to medieval manuscripts, having been inspired by such works as the Irish Gaelic poem Pangur Bán, so it isn't surprising that he has been chosen to help celebrate the return of the Lindisfarne Gospels to the north of England as part of an exhibition.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2013-10-25 09:41
Everyone knows the face of the Mona Lisa, but Silvano Vinceti hopes that he can show the world her actual face by identifying her remains removed from the Sant'Orsola convent in Florence. The task is expected to be accomplished by matching DNA from eight skeletons removed from the convent with that of remains taken from the lady's family tomb.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2013-10-18 10:07
Through 20 December 2013, the University of Manchester and Bristol will celebrate the 700th anniversary of the birth of Giovanni Boccaccio, author of the 1351 Decameron, a collection of 100 tales ranging from the erotic to the tragic, with an exhibition.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2013-10-17 06:44
Nearly 5,000 high-resolution images of artworks from the Getty Museum's collections are now available in digital format "free to use, modify, and publish for any purpose" as part of the museum's Open Content Program.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2013-10-15 18:39
Rouen, france is the home of the Cathedral Notre-Dame de Rouen and of Gustave Flaubert, the spot where Joan of Arc was burned and where painters Claude Monet and Roy Lichtenstein were inspired. Nell Casey of the New York Times visited the city and writes of its beauty. (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2013-10-07 12:49
The Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and Freer Gallery of Art of the Smithsonian in Washigton D.C. have received a US$1 million challenge grant, awarded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, to endow the position of an assistant Chinese painting conservator.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2013-10-04 16:52
"Smack in the middle of the Metropolitan Museum, there’s a nugget of compressed light called Medieval Treasures From Hildesheim," begins a review of the new exhibit at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. The review, by Holland Cotter, is from the Art & Design section of the New York Times.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2013-09-28 17:36
All Ros Barber did was write a novel that theorizes that Shakespeare's plays were written by Christopher Marlowe, but The Marlowe Papers, written entirely in verse, has brought back up the dispute over the authorship of the Bard's plays.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2013-09-21 20:03
The 15th century Voynich manuscript may be considered "the world's most mysterious medieval manuscript," and quite possibly a hoax, but a new study by theoretical physicist Marcelo Montemurro, published in the journal Plus One, theorizes that the book has a "genuine message."
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2013-09-19 11:27
Avery Fatbottom, Renaissance Faire organizer and detective, is the protagonist of a new comic series by Jen Vaughn. Vaughn spoke with JK Parkin of Comic Book Resources about her newly-released Avery Fatbottom: Renaissance Fair Detective.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2013-09-18 10:37
Steven Muhlberger reports that his book Formal Combats in the Fourteenth Century in now available for the Kindle from Amazon.com in eBook format. Cost to download is US $3.99.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2013-09-15 12:42
In 1952, Frederick Godfrey wrote an article which transformed forever scholarly consdieration of the Renaissance. The Pictorial Records of the Medicis looked at the work of the period's artists in the "context of the society from which it had sprung and that social attitudes could be recovered from the study of art." Alexander Lee of History Today looks at the impace of the article.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2013-09-15 08:13
Fans of Veggietales - or Vikings in general - will enjoy a look at the video We Married Vikings from Lyle the Kindly Viking. The short video is available on YouTube.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2013-08-29 14:45
Murder at the War (also known as Knightfall), by the SCA's own Mary Monica Pulver, is available from Amazon.com for FREE download August 29, 2013 only. The book is set at the Pennsic War.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2013-08-27 13:43
Civil servant Niccolo Machiavelli flourished at government work, but his fall from grace came in 1512 when he was fired and imprisoned for his involvement in a conspiracy against the Medicis, leading to the creation of his greatest work, The Prince. Sarah Dunant has the feature for the BBC.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Thu, 2013-08-22 10:46
A painting of three Elizabethan children is believed to be the first to show a pet guinea pig. The portrait dates to 1580. Guinea pigs were brought to Europe by Spanish merchants in the late 1500s, but proof they were kept has pets has only been found recently.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2013-08-21 17:50
In conjunction with a new exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland, the BBC has created a website which offers a gallery of portraits and artifacts relating to Mary, Queen of Scots, including portraits, her tomb, and the document demanding her death.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Wed, 2013-08-21 12:10
A medieval reenactor in England has completed a 2:1 scale replica of the Bayeux Tapestry. The embroidery is 40 feet long and took 18 years to complete.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2013-08-19 21:19
In the fall of 2011, the Morgan Library and Museum hosted Treasures of Islamic Manuscript Painting from the Morgan, an exhibit of religious and secular works. An "online exhibition" was created in conjunction with the exhibit and is available to view on the library's website.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2013-08-08 17:45
Experts renovating an ancient Buddhist temple in Lhasa, Tibet have discovered a number of murals dating to the Song Dynasty (960 to 1279). "This discovery is crucial for us to reconstruct the way of life of that period. We will do our best to restore the murals to their original state,they will no doubt become a national level artefact," said Chen Zujun. (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2013-08-06 12:18
Ariel has announced the latest Quest for Tournaments Illuminated: "SCA: Family Matters." Guest editor will be Guest Editor Erin Alderson, (Aldgytha of Ashwood.)
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2013-07-30 10:23
In 1594, William Shakespeare made a move that gave him financial stability and, some say, changed the way he wrote plays: he purchased a one-eighth share in the Lord Chamberlain's Men. One of those people is Dr Bart van Es of Oxford University's Faculty of English Language and Literature, who claims that the purchase gave the playwright a better relationship with and understanding of actors.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2013-07-24 17:13
Many writers have re-interpreted the works of William Shakespeare, and a new project, The Hogarth Shakespeare, is just the latest. Launching in 2016 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, the series will commission prominent authors to create "cover versions" of the Bard's plays.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2013-07-22 15:38
In the early 1930s J. R. R. Tolkien, author of the Lord of the Rings trilogy and the Hobbit, began what was to have been an epic, narrative poem, The Fall of Arthur, only to abandon the work in 1937. Now the incomplete poem has been published, edited by Tolkien's son Christopher.