Fine Arts

Painting, sculpture, and similar forms of artistic expression.

Ealdormere: the Movie!

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!

Shakespeare First Folio brings over UK£400,000 at auction

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.

Renaissance armor at the Folger until September 2008

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.

Roman ritual plate found in Bulgaria

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)

1200-year-old Leshan Buddha spared by earthquake

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.

Was Shakespeare really a Jewish woman?

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.

Collegium Cantorum to present concerts in Washington, D.C.

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.

Portrait of Shakespeare's patron discovered

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)

Beach books, medieval style

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.

Medieval comic strip humor

The Museum of Depressionist Art website explains "medieval humor" with the help of the "Katzenjammer Kids" - or the medieval equivalent.

Ann Hathaway steps out of the shadows

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.

7th century Afghan oil paintings earliest discovered

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)

Book lust!

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!

Madonna of the Goldfinch shows its true colors

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)

Pre-1640's Shakespeare folios to be digitized

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.

Shakespeare and politics

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.

David gets a facelift

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."

Heraldrydiculous hits 100!

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.)

Royal children subjects of Columbus exhibit

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.

"Beowulf, Lay of the Last Survivor" reading online

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.

Learn chess with Leonardo

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.

Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna Exhibits "Treasures from the national Palace Museum, Taiwan"

Soon a new exhibition will be on display at the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna: Treasures from the national Palace Museum, Taiwan begins at February 26, 2008 and runs until May 13, 2008.

Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna Exhibits "Arcimboldo"

Soon a new exhibition organised by the Kunsthistorisches Museum in collaboration with the Musée du Luxembourg, Paris will be on display at the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna (Picture Gallery): Arcimboldo begins at February 12, 2008 and runs until June 1, 2008.

To punt or not to punt...

Only on NPR could the Bard, in the guise of Morning Edition's Frank Deford, comment on the upcoming Super Bowl football game.

Western States Folklore Society seeking conference papers

Michael Adams has announced that the Western States Folklore Society is seeking papers for two panels at the upcoming conference to be held Apri; 11-12, 2008 at the University of California, Davis.

15th century Flemish masterpiece still inspires

The Portinari Altarpiece, a three-part Flemish religious painting created by Hugo van der Goes in the late 15th century, was sent as a gift to the hospital of Santa Maria Nuova. Martin Gayford looks at the importance of the painting for The Spectator (photo)

Nicola Barker's "Darkmans" reviewed

Nick Owchar of the Vancouver Sun offers a review of the new novel by Nicola Barker, Darkmans, which tells the story of "a long-dead king's jester, a precocious child and the debris of history that keeps floating to the surface."

Simonetta Cattaneo de Vespucci: Botticelli's super model

The haunting, ethereal beauty of Simonetta Cattaneo de Vespucci graced the paintings of Sandro Botticelli in 15th century Florence. Darla Goodroad tells her fascinating story in an article for the December 2007 Renstore newsletter.

"Far Traveler" on NPR's not-to-miss list

On the Christmas Eve 2007 All Things Considered radio program, reviewer Lynn Neary spoke with Laura Miller of Salon.com and blogger Mark Sarvas of The Elegant Variation about which books from 2007 should not be missed. Included was The Far Traveler by Nancy Marie Brown.

“Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!” called "giggle-worthy"

"I itch in the cathedral; When I pray upon my knees: God, You saved us from damnation; Now save us from the fleas!" writes Laura Amy Schlitz in Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices From a Medieval Village, a new children's book reviewed by John Schwartz for the Sunday New York Times.