Painting, sculpture, and similar forms of artistic expression.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2009-12-16 15:14
Renaissance master Raphael died at the age of 37, at the height of his career. For centuries, historians have blamed his early death on his passion for his mistress, La Fornarina. Jonathan Jones has the story on The Guardian's Art Blog.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2009-12-15 17:03
A mural, discovered in 1965 in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, may prove that envoys from Korea visited the country in the 7th century. A replica of the original mural, now destroyed, is on display at the National Museum of Korea.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2009-12-13 17:19
A pair of miniatures, painted by Nicholas Hilliard, and depicting Elizabeth I and her favorite, Robert Dudley, were auctioned recently for UK£72,000. The portraits were believed to have been painted around 1575. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2009-12-11 10:30
Historians believe they have evidence of same-sex marriage in late antiquity and early Middle Ages. One piece of evidence is a monastic icon depicting the marriage of two male saints with Jesus officiating. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2009-12-10 17:31
Author Gabriele Campbell has created The Lost Fort, a blog designed to discuss historical fiction, especially of the medieval era. One page is devoted to the discussion of using trebuchets in historical fiction.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2009-12-08 18:26
Archaeologists believe they have found Shangra-La in the form of Himalayan caves holding wall paintings, illuminations and 15th century religious texts. (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2009-12-02 18:53
Those longing for the romance of Arthurian times may want to check out J. W. Waterhouse: Garden of Enchantment, an exhibition of the artist's work at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts through February 7, 2010.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2009-12-02 15:01
In the 1640s, followers of Oliver Cromwell vandalized Canterbury Cathedral, especially stained glass windows overlooking the tomb of Edward, Prince of Wales, known as the Black Prince. The decay continues to this day, causing concern to those charged with maintaining the cathedral.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2009-12-02 11:24
The Shakespeare Quartos Archive, a website featuring "high-quality reproductions and searchable full text of surviving copies of Shakespeare’s" works, has been launched thanks to a grant JISC in the UK and the National Endowment for the Humanities in the US.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2009-12-01 12:03
Dr Laura Ashe, a professor in the English Faculty at Oxford University, has been awarded the prestigious Philip Leverhulme Prize given to academics under the age of 36 for "contribution to their particular field of study, are recognised at an international level, and whose future contributions are held to be of correspondingly high promise."
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2009-11-29 13:30
With the ghosts of Halloween 2009 still lingering in the corners, writer Dara McBride Irish Central looks at The 10 scariest monsters and demons from Celtic myth.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2009-11-28 09:55
Funded by the UK Arts & Humanities Research Council and other bodies, The Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages offers a database and other documents of interest to scholars.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2009-11-22 13:16
In New Moon, the popular vampire film based on the book by Stephanie Meyer, the young couple journeys to city of Volterra, Italy for a meeting with an ancient vampire clan. Now devotees of the books and films are flocking to the medieval Tuscan town's square.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2009-11-20 12:49
Lord Wulf cu Battell of the Kingdom of Meridies has created a set of playing cards based on a 15th century deck.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2009-11-17 19:27
Sir Brian Vickers, an authority on Shakespeare at the Institute of English Studies at the University of London, is a believer in the theory that the Bard did not write all of his plays alone. Now a software program called Pl@giarism may help his case.
Submitted by Racaire on Thu, 2009-11-12 23:09
Racaire of the Kingdom of Drachenwald reports that she has created an album of photos from her recent visit to the Österreichisches Museum für Volkskunde in Vienna, Austria. The photos are on her Flickr website.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2009-11-09 22:47
On October 29, 2009, Gaul's most famous denizon, Asterix, celebrated his Lth birthday. (That would be 50 to the Roman-numerically-challenged.) The comic book character was created in 1959 by René Goscinny and illustrated by Albert Uderzo.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2009-11-08 14:49
For more than ten years, a 13-foot, sandstone statue of William Wallace held a place of honor at the Wallace Monument in Stirling, Scotland, but last year it was returned to sculptor Tom Church "to make way for a new visitor centre." (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2009-11-05 19:03
The Houston Museum of Natural Science will present an exhibition of props from the recent film version of the Chronicles of Narnia October 3, 2009 - January 18, 2010.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2009-11-05 15:23
How many times have you been told by SCA members, "Pink isn't period?" If the answer is more than two, you may want to take a look at a website created by Lady Louise which disputes this claim and offers historic images as evidence.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2009-11-03 18:14
Scientist Maurizio Seracini believes there is s lost Da Vinci painting hidden inside a wall in Florence’s city hall, and he wants to use high tech techniques to find it. The Battle of Anghiari, the largest painting Leonardo ever undertook, was never completed, but was studied "as an unprecedented study of anatomy and motion."
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2009-10-31 18:30
Experts believe they may have identified the earliest depiction of a watch in a painting. The timepiece is featured in the 450-year-old portrait of Cosimo I de Medici, Duke of Florence.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2009-10-29 18:37
Reasons given for the study of Latin over the year have ranged from "better understanding of English" to "looks good on a resume," but a new reason, according to Globe and Mail arts columnist Warren Clements, might be "to keep up with all the amusing Latin books that have been pouring forth for the past 60 years."
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2009-10-28 15:29
Artist and SCA member Andrea Masse-Tognetti (Meredith the Maskmaker) joined Martha Stewart on October 7, 2009 to demonstrate how to make a leather unicorn mask.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2009-10-28 12:04
HBO has acquired the rights to produce a fantasy series based on George R.R. Martin's A Song of Fire & Ice books. The first films, A Game of Thrones is scheduled to film in late October 2009 in Northern Ireland.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2009-10-24 18:29
It's quiet in the Louvre at night... too quiet. What does Mona Lisa -- she of the enigmatic smile -- do to pass the time? Piffie the Puffin has the answer.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2009-10-23 12:10
The cast album for the recent production of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, starring Audra McDonald and Anne Hathaway, is available to hear online.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2009-10-06 17:44
The intricate and precise artwork of the manuscripts of 7th and 8th century England and Ireland, including the Book of Kells, has amazed artists and scholars for centuries. Now paleontologist John Cisne believes he knows how it was done. (photo)
Submitted by Racaire on Mon, 2009-10-05 15:43
Racaire reports that she has posted a number of albums of photos from her recent museum excursions on her Flickr website.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2009-10-01 10:20
A new study by cultural anthropologists shows that popular fairy tales may be older than previously believed, some dating back as much as 2500 years. The experts traced the origins of the stories through many cultures around the world.