Painting, sculpture, and similar forms of artistic expression.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2008-09-01 08:18
Several months ago, the Morgan Library and Museum received a new treasure: the prayer book of Queen Claude of France, a contemporary of Anne Boleyn. Bound in red velvet, the book is smaller than a credit card and contains "fifty-two folios, painted front and back with a hundred and thirty-two miniature illuminations."
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2008-08-01 08:27
King Arthur might have been French. Heresy? Not according to the organizers of "King Arthur: A Legend in the Making," a medievalists' conference at Rennes University. Many of the Arthurian tales are set in Brittany in the north of France.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2008-07-31 13:08
News has rocked Rome that the famous Lupa Capitolina statue, that for centuries has been a powerful symbol of the city, may not be Etruscan in origin but medieval.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2008-07-30 08:14
Perhaps football is not as modern of a game as we believed. References to versions of the game have been found as early as the 10th century in Welsh literature and in the Black Book of Carmarthen, the first manuscript written in Welsh, in the 13th.
Submitted by wodeford on Thu, 2008-07-24 16:43
The discovery of a rare full set of chapters of the 11th century The Tale of Genji, believed to be the world's oldest novel, has been found in a private collection in Tokyo.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2008-07-13 07:47
Officials in Florence, Italy have granted Dante Alighieri, Italy's most famous poet, a stay of execution. The poet was exiled in 1302 with a mandate that he "would be executed if he stepped foot in the city again."
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2008-07-06 08:03
Reminiscent of "The Da Vinci Code," a decades-old mystery involves the claim that Michelangelo painted subversive messages into his frescoes in the Sistine Chapel, including "secret" profile of the medieval poet Dante and a portrait of Jesus on the cross.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2008-06-29 20:41
The autumn extravaganza at the National Gallery in London will be devoted to portraits from the Renaissance, including works from Van Eyck to Titian. Charlotte Higgins of the Guardian reports on what to expect. (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2008-06-26 14:11
A rare portrait of the young Elizabeth I dating from between 1650 to 1680 has been discovered in a private collection at Boughton House in Northamptonshire.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2008-06-20 10:14
Once upon a time.... in a Kingdom to the North.... a group of re-enactors in their late-night Pennsic cups devised a drinking game wherein real-life actors were cast as SCA members in a very fictional film. The result: Ealdormere: the Movie!
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2008-06-15 14:42
A rare Shakespeare First Folio was auctioned by Christies recently bringing UK£435,250 from an unnamed purchaser. The book was sold to Sir Thomas Munro of Lindertis in 1837 and remained in the family until the 1970s when bought by Christies.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2008-06-14 19:18
The Great Hall of the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington D.C. glints with Renaissance armor as the library presents the exhibit Now Thrive the Armorers: Arms and Armor in Shakespeare June 5 through September 9, 2008.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2008-06-05 15:18
A beautifully-designed Roman marble plate, inscribed in Greek, has been found in the Bulgarian spa town of Hissar, known in Roman times as Diocletianopolis. The piece has been dated to the 3rd century C.E. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2008-06-04 17:55
The devastating earthquake in China's southwestern Sichuan Province has spared the world's tallest statue of Buddha. The 71-meter tall Buddha, which is a world heritage site, draws millions of visitors to the province each year.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2008-05-31 09:51
Shakespeare expert John Hudson has a new theory about who authored the Bard's plays: a Jewish woman named Amelia Bassano Lanier, the first woman to publish a book of poetry.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2008-05-27 11:23
Collegium Cantorum, under the direction of Timothy Kendall, will present two performances of "DuFay: A Concert of Sacred Polyphony by the Preeminent Master of the Early Renaissance" on May 31 and June 1, 2008 in Washington D.C.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2008-05-19 19:03
Experts believe they have discovered a portrait of Henry Wriothesley, Shakespeare's only known patron, under a later portrait of his wife, Elizabeth Vernon. The painted-over image was discovered using X-ray technology. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2008-05-16 17:20
Are you a fan of medieval historical fiction? Don't know what to read next? Take a look at Nan Hawthorne's Medieval Novels website for ideas.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2008-05-12 07:55
The Museum of Depressionist Art website explains "medieval humor" with the help of the "Katzenjammer Kids" - or the medieval equivalent.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2008-05-08 18:29
Best known for her quaint house and her inheritance of the “second-best bed,” Shakespeare's wife, Ann Hathaway, has been mostly a mystery figure. Now a new book, Shakespeare's Wife by Germaine Greer, sheds some light on a little-understood woman. Katie Roiphe as the New York Times Sunday Review.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2008-05-05 19:07
Scientists working in the Bamiyan region of Afghanistan have discovered oil paintings on the walls of caves dating to the 7th centuries, 800 years before the earliest European oil paintings were created. (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2008-04-26 13:21
Readers, librarians, lovers of the book, cast your eyes upon this website which features wonderfully alluring photos of books and libraries. A feast for any bookworm!
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2008-04-19 20:12
A recent restoration of Raphael's Madonna del Cardellino, painted in 1506, has revealed the brilliant colors of the original painting which had been hidden under centuries of grime. (Photos)
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2008-04-17 21:13
The Bodleian and Folger Libraries are combining efforts to create digital copies of "all 75 editions of William Shakespeare's plays printed in the quarto format before the year 1641." The folios are the closest copies to Shakepseare's own in existence.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2008-04-15 20:03
With the presidential election looming and politics on everyone's mind, the Los Angeles Times ponders the words of the Bard and how he would see our modern world in an opinions piece by Jess Winfield.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2008-04-10 19:32
Donatello's David, the 15th century masterpiece housed at Florence's Bargello Museum, has had "work done" in the form of laser treatment to clean off residue, including gold leaf used "on the statue to highlight its wavy hair and clothing."
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2008-03-11 15:32
Baron Khevron of the Principality of Oertha in the West Kingdom reports that his heraldry-related comic Heraldrydiculous has passed the 100 mark (104 at last count.)
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2008-03-09 09:03
Lady Faoileann reports that the Columbus (Ohio) Museum of Art will sponsor a special exhibit Great Expectations: Aristocratic Children in European Portraiture through June 8, 2008.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2008-03-07 15:50
The recent release of the animated film Beowulf has rekindled interest in the epic poem. Harper's Magazine provides a stanza from the poem, read in Old English, as well as a great photo of a jeweled brooch.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2008-03-07 08:21
Experts are speculating on whether the illustrations in a newly-discovered manuscript on chess were drawn by Leonardo da Vinci. De ludo scacchorum was discovered last year in a private collection.