Painting, sculpture, and similar forms of artistic expression.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2009-03-17 15:44
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 18:02
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 07:30
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 20:35
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 17:43
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 16:35
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 09:54
The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun, an unpublished book by J.R.R. Tolkien, has been scheduled to be released in May 2009.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 18:30
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 19:39
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 09:04
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 18:54
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 10:02
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 12:36
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 12:43
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.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2009-01-17 17:18
“This river looks so broad and vast, so murky and silent, seems such an image of death in the midst of the great city’s life,” wrote Charles Dickens. Now Peter Ackroyd takes on the daunting history of the river with a new book Thames: The Biography. Jeremy Kutner of the Christian Science Monitor has a review.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2009-01-14 10:53
Science fiction author Terry Pratchett says he is “flabbergasted” over his recent knighting by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Pratchett, who authors the popular Discworld series, was among those honored January 1, 2009.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2009-01-05 20:34
When the Renaissance masterpiece Madonna and Child With Saint Anthony Abbot and Saint Sigismund by Neroccio de' Landi arrived at Washington's National Gallery of Art conservation lab 18 months ago, it had faded paint and damaged gilding. Now the work shines, thanks to the careful handling of restoration experts. (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2008-12-29 12:32
Dante Alighieri's 14th century masterpiece The Divine Comedy has now inspired a video game. Electronic Arts Inc. has announced that it is working on a new game based on Dante’s Inferno.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2008-12-28 17:48
Correggio, one of the great masters of Renaissance Italy, has been overlooked for the past century, but is now finding new appreciation through a full-scale retrospective at various venues in his favorite city, Parma, Italy. (video)
Submitted by Racaire on Sun, 2008-12-28 13:30
Racaire has posted a small album of photos taken recently at the Amsterdam Historisch Museum.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2008-12-26 14:18
California artist, gamer and SCA member Ben Jackel was featured recently on American Public Media's Weekend America program. Jackel, who lives in Los Angeles, spoke about his garage studio where he crafts such treasures as an enormous Swedish battle ax and an Italian renaissance war helmet. (slideshow)
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2008-12-23 16:42
On her blog Nan Hawthorne's Booking the Middle Ages, Nan discusses a study by certain publishers of whether women readers of historical fiction will buy book narrated by male characters.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2008-12-16 16:23
New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art is for lovers! Lovers of art of the Italian Renaissance, that is. The museum will sponsor Art and Love in Renaissance Italy, an exhibit that "promises romance, desire, youthful beauty, ritual, expensive gift items and possible sex in the land of Romeo and Juliet." Roberta Smith of the New York Times has a review with photos.
Submitted by Ragnrhildr Frey... on Wed, 2008-12-10 08:39
A claim has been made that the National Gallery of Victoria (Melbourne, Australia) has the only known formal portrait of Lucrezia Borgia in existence.
Submitted by jt4novels on Sun, 2008-12-07 00:35
Jennifer writes medieval to contemporary Christian fiction set in Europe and the Carolinas. Much of her work is inspired by her own family history dating as far back as 1630 when many of her ancestors migrated to America.
Submitted by jt4novels on Thu, 2008-12-04 00:26
I'm trying to put together a book trailer for my Scottish Medieval novel that will be released in Spring 2010. I'm hoping to find colored images/illustrations/photos/pictorials of some sort for the time period of 1450-1500. I'd like the clothing to be authentic to the time period which will rule out kilts. My hero is a MacPhearson with dark hair and my heroine is a MacKenzie with auburn hair.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2008-12-03 09:05
A 4th century Greek ancestor of Monty Python's famous "Dead Parrot Sketch" has been found in a joke wherein "a man complains that a slave he was sold had died." The joke, translated from the Greek, is from Philogelos The Laugh Addict.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2008-11-30 19:08
Musketeer expert Odile Bordaz believes she has discovered the final resting place of Charles de Batz de Castelmore d’Artagnan, made famous in Alexandre Dumas’s novel The Three Musketeers, who died during the Siege of Maastricht in the Netherlands in 1673.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2008-11-24 16:23
Don't have time to read a classic? Here's the ultimate Book-a-Minute version of Beowulf!
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2008-11-21 13:06
"X-rays, CAT scans, reflective infra-red photography, lasers, men and women in white coats, microscopes, latex gloves" all played a part in the restoration of Raphael's masterpiece "Madonna of the Goldfinch," a 10-year project with stunning results. (photo)