Painting, sculpture, and similar forms of artistic expression.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2009-05-23 17:40
A EU3.3 million wooden crucifix, bought recently at auction by the Italian government, may or may not have been created by Michelangelo. The newly-purchased piece made its debut in December at the Italian Embassy to the Holy See, and was visited by the Pope.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2009-05-22 18:22
Were two of the sculptures in Andrea del Verrocchio's silver altar panel Beheading of the Baptist actually created by the artist's student assistant Leonardo da Vinci? Gary M. Radke, a professor of the humanities at Syracuse University, thinks so. The work will be on exhibit at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, GA.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2009-05-19 09:45
An archaeological team working near Salqin, Syria have discovered a large painting dating to the Byzantine era. The work depicts a large peacock (a symbol of the early church), two pomegranates, a small bird and olive trees. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2009-05-18 06:30
A recent multi-part NPR series retraces the steps of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales pilgrims in modern England from London to Canterbury. The site includes an interactive map of the journey.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2009-05-04 15:43
An article on great works of art for the UK's paper The Independent discusses how works of art from the past are viewed through modern eyes. Included is The Lamentation of Christ by 14th century Italian master Giotto, whose angels seem to zoom about like jet planes. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2009-04-27 18:09
A special edition of Medieval Forum offers translations of late Middle English romances, "accompanied by brief commentaries on issues raised in the poems." The site also includes a bibliography and material on the various poems.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2009-04-22 14:49
Was Leonardo da Vinci, "poet, musician, philosopher, engineer, architect, scientist, mathematician, anatomist, inventor, architect and botanist," the true Renaissance man, or was he just a "frustrating dilettante?" Curators of the Château du Clos Lucé in Amboise, France, da Vinci's last home, are betting on the former and hope for the success of their "world's first "intellectual and cultural theme park."
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2009-04-20 15:37
A huge drawing of Henry VIII"S 1544 Siege of Boulogne, once mislabeled and believed lost, will go on display at the British library as part of an exhibition entitled Henry VIII: Man and Monarch.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2009-04-13 12:25
The dreamworld was a popular subject for medieval and renaissance people. Now a new exhibit at Washington D.C. Folger Library looks at the world of sleep and dreams through the eyes of William Shakespeare and others. Philip Kennicott of the Washington Post has a review.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2009-04-10 10:49
British academic John Casson believes that he has discovered previously unrecognized works by Williams Shakespeare. Included in these are a poem, a comedy, and his first two tragedies. Casson also claims to have proof of Shakespeare's authorship of the "lost play" Cardenio.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2009-04-09 07:08
Plymouth State University in Plymouth, New Hampshire will present its annual Medieval and Renaissance Forum April 24-25, 2009. This year's keynote speaker is Dr. Carole Levin, author of Dreaming the English Renaissance: Politics and Desire in Court and Culture.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2009-04-08 06:48
Looking to use more natural products in your holiday celebrations? Consider using natural dyes for this year's Easter eggs. About.com: Chemistry has the information.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2009-04-03 11:42
What could be more romantic than getting married at the site of the legendary Romeo and Juliet balcony scene? Nearly anything, if you are put off by star-crossed lovers parted by suicide, but Verona city officials are banking on the romantic appeal of the site for international weddings.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2009-03-30 07:15
Every librarian understands the concept of "missing" books: those volumes stolen, mis-shelved, or misplaced that usually turn up. But if those books are at the British Library and number in the thousands, the problem could be disastrous.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2009-03-19 14:01
Wondering what to do with that boulder in your garden? How about turning it into a runestone work of art? Kalle the Runecarver of Sweden shows off his large-scale work on his website.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2009-03-18 06:15
If William Shakespeare had had a Facebook or MySpace account, what might it have looked like? Mike McPhaden thinks he knows with Wm. Shakespeare's Five and Twenty Random Things Abovt Me. (PG-13 for language)
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2009-03-17 14:44
Did you know that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth of England has a website? Indeed She does, and one where you may enjoy a virtual tour of Windsor Castle, walk through the gardens at Buckingham Palace, or the gallery of royal paintings.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2009-03-16 17:02
After months of restoration, a sketch, thought to be an early self portrait of Leonard da Vinci, has been discovered. The drawing was found was covered by handwriting. (video)
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2009-03-13 06:30
SCA member Nan Hawthorn has used battle images of La Compagnie du Frankland in a short video promoting her new historical novel An Involuntary King: A Tale of Anglo Saxon England.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2009-03-12 19:35
A new exhibit of Iranian art dating to the 16th and 17th centuries is now open at the British Museum in London. Shah 'Abba's The Remaking of Iran will run through June 2009.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2009-03-09 16:43
The identities of the 16th century oak carvings of heads found at Stirling Castle in Scotland have long been a mystery, but historian Dr Sally Rush, who has studied the heads, believes she knows their identities.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2009-03-04 15:35
Over the years, many of us have marveled at the power that "O Fortuna" from Carl Orff's Carmina Burana had as a soundtrack to film battle scenes. Yet, have we ever considered the lyrics to the piece? A video on YouTube offers a "karaoke" version of the work, complete with an English translation of the Latin words.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2009-02-27 08:54
The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun, an unpublished book by J.R.R. Tolkien, has been scheduled to be released in May 2009.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2009-02-23 17:30
Just when we thought the SCA was irrelevant to the modern world, a trio of rappers brings us the Canterbury Tales Rap. Watch it on YouTube.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2009-02-20 18:39
Karin Larsdatter provides advice for the lovelorn in a translation on her Medieval Material Culture Blog. The entry looks at a 12th century handbook of letter writing recently discovered at the Biblioteca Capitolare di Verona.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2009-02-20 08:04
Out of our time period, but a sad commentary on the financial crisis in the United States: Delaware County's Darby Free Library (Pennsylvania) is one of eleven libraries destined to close their doors due to lack of funding. The library "is believed to be the oldest continuously operating public library in America."
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2009-02-11 17:54
A recent study by Scottish amateur historian Brian Moffat theorizes that Shakespeare's Prospero, the exiled Duke of Milan from "The Tempest," may have been inspired by Francis Stewart, the Fifth Earl of Bothwell, an eccentric Scottish earl who lived an extraordinary life.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2009-02-08 09:02
The Cloisters, the medieval museum in New York City, provides a blog discussing issues pertaining to medieval gardens including such topics at topiary, herbs, seasonal plants, and gardening techniques.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2009-02-03 11:36
In a strange footnote to the Hundred Years' War, a Sienese merchant named Giannino di Guccio came to believe that he was actually King Jean I of France. A new book, translated from Italian, he Man Who Believed He Was King of France by Tommaso di Carpegna Falconieri, tells the story.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2009-02-02 11:43
The home to "some of the most significant scientific breakthroughs in history - including the splitting of the atom and the discovery of the structure of DNA," Cambridge University in England celebrates its 800th anniversary with worldwide events and an "exuberant" atmosphere.