Fine Arts

Painting, sculpture, and similar forms of artistic expression.

Having fun storming the castle

The sad life of a lone castle guard is depicted in a short animated film from Bird Box Studio.

Estrella War Gatebook art

The organizers of the 2011 Estrella War are seeking artwork for the event's gatebook.

Are blue jeans period?

Are blue jeans period? A new study dates the modern clothing basic to at least 17th century Italy as shown in the paintings of Italian artist dubbed the "Master of the Blue Jeans." (photo)

Welsh folklore for the iPhone

iPhone users and British folklore enthusiasts may want to download the iPhone app for the Mabinogion, a cycle of Welsh legends collected in the 14th century Red Book of Hergest.

Pelican and Phoenix portraits hope to solve mystery of royal painter

For the first time in 25 years, art experts will be able to study two portraits of Queen Elizabeth I with hopes of discovering the works' mysterious artist. The paintings will go on display at the National Portrait Gallery in London from September 13 to 19, 2010.

Masterpieces online: Like looking at a painting "with a giant magnifying glass."

Until January 29, 2011, art lovers and historians have the opportunity to study six masterpieces from the Uffizi gallery in Florence in minute detail on the Haltadefinizione company website. The site allows visitors to zoom in on high-resolution images.

"The White Stag" premieres in the Outlands

The White Stag, an original song by Lord Cilléne mac Conghalaigh, was debuted recently at Caerthe's Three Stags event in the Kingdom of the Outlands. A video of the song has been posted on YouTube.

Persian masterpiece on display at the Sackler Gallery

The Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in Washington D.C. offers the exhibit Shahnama: 1000 Years of the Persian Book of Kings October 23, 2010 - April 17, 2011. The rare paintings of kings, heroes and mythological creatures are from the Shahnama, Iran's national epic.

Met to present Burgundian/Dutch Renaissance exhibit

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City will present Man, Myth, and Sensual Pleasures: Jan Gossart's Renaissance October 6, 2010 - January 17, 2011, the "first major exhibition in forty-five years devoted to the Burgundian Netherlandish artist Jan Gossart (ca. 1478-1532)."

Music scholar uses period instruments to score Robin Hood film

The August 8, 2010 broadcast of University of the Air featured music scholar Tina Chancey, who has created a live music accompaniment to Errol Flynn's classic Robin Hood. Chancey uses authentic medieval instruments for the work.

Middle Ages: "the default historical playground"

The great interest in medieval themes by the public has led academics to create a new educational organization: The Society for the Public Understanding of the Middle Ages, which was formed during the International Congress on Medieval Studies to address how the general public views the historical period.

"Gospel" guitar

Craftsman Larry Robinson, who designs and crafts custom inlayed musical instruments, has created a true work of art in a guitar, decorated with inlays based on the Lindisfarne gospels. The Lindisfarne Project is chronciled on Robinson's blog. (photos)

World of Khubilai Khan at the Met

September 28, 2010 - January 2, 2011, the Metropolitan Museum of Art will play host to The World of Khubilai Khan: Chinese Art in the Yuan Dynasty, an exhibit of fine and decorative art from the 13th and 14th centuries.

Mona Lisa's smile explained by technique

Over the centuries, thousands of people have pondered the mystery of Mona Lisa's smile. Now French researchers believe they can explain the enigmatic expression: it was da Vinci's technique.

Leonardo3 offers detailed studies of da Vinci's paintings

Afficionatos of the work of Leonardo da Vinci will enjoy visiting the website Leonardo3, which offers detailed studies of the artist's paintings. The site is in Italian. (photos)

Bard to perform Beowulf in Berkeley

October 26-30, 2010 in Berkeley, CA, medievalist and early music specialist Benjamin Bagby will perform the epic saga of Beowulf. His performance will be accompanied by Anglo-Saxon harp.

Tudor history course offered online by University of Exeter

The University of Exeter (England) will offer a non-credit, distance learning course entitled The Tudors: History, Culture and Religion for fall 2010. Deadline to register is September 15, 2010.

"New" edition of Chaucer's poems discovered

A professor in New Zealand has discovered a previously unknown edition of Chaucer's poems. The book was published in 1807 and distinguishes between poems correctly and incorrectly attributed to Chaucer. This is the earliest known edition to make such a distinction.

Photographer captures "glint of light off hand-made armor"

Venice, California photographer E.F. Kitchen has had her photos displayed at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. Now she captures the "glint of light off hand-made armor" in her book Suburban Knights: A Return to the Middle Ages. Scott Timberg of the Los Angeles Times has a review.

The best - and the worst - medieval historical films

On his website Medieval History in the Movies, Professor Paul Halsall provides a comprehensive list of movies with medieval themes. The site includes "best" and "worst" lists of historical films.

Buddhist wall paintings pre-date western technique

Researchers studying 5th-9th century Buddhist cave paintings in the Afghan region of Bamiyan have learned that the paintings used an oil technique, centuries before the same technique was used in Europe.

Photos from Caid's Crown Prints Prize online

Fausta shares an album of photos taken at the recent Crown Prints Prize event in the Kingdom of Caid.

Byzantine mosaics uncovered in Syria

A wide-ranging collection of Byzantine mosaics unearthed in Daraa Province, Syria, now includes works of art from churches and private homes. Human and animal subjects are depicted in scenes of daily life. 

"Salamander" published online

Salamander, a new fantasy novel written by David Friedman (Duke Cariadoc of the Bow), is available online.

Armored critters

Tom and Jerry might have had a better chance of surviving if they had had the help of Canadian artist Jeff de Boer. His armor of cats and mice is showcased on the Beautiful Life website.

Huge collection of books on period subjects to be auctioned

In the fall of 2009, the Viking Society for Northern Research received a huge windfall when Professor Peter Foote died, leaving his library of Viking and medieval-related books to the Society. By his request, the collection will be auctioned to raise funds.

Mythcon 42

Mythcon 42: Monsters, Marvels, and Minstrels: The Rise of Modern Medievalism

Dragons in history

The website offers much information about dragons and dragon art. The site includes a History of Dragons Around the World which combines historic dragon legends with modern beliefs about the great beast.

Papers sought on “Love, Friendship, Marriage”

Dr. Karolyn Kinane has announced that Plymouth State University in Plymouth, New Hampshire, is seeking scholarly papers and lectures for its 32nd Annual Medieval and Renaissance Forum to be held April 15-16, 2011. The theme is “Love, Friendship, Marriage.”

"Bright Ideas" for SCAdians

In 1991, SCA author Sandra Dodd produced the book Bright Ideas and True Confessions: How and What to Do and Why, a sourcebook for all manner of topics SCAdian. The book is no longer in print, but Dodd has made it available online.