Fine Arts

Painting, sculpture, and similar forms of artistic expression.

Beowulf: the graphic novel

Artist Gareth Hinds has created a graphic novel version of Beowulf for Candlewick Press which makes the work "accessible and appealing to a modern audience in a graphic novel format, while preserving the authenticity and power of the original."

Botticelli fresco in Hungary?

Art historians are excited about the possible discovery of a Botticelli fresco in the ruins of a Hungarian palace. The large work was found in remains of the palace of Archbishop Janos Vitez, the head of the country's Catholic church from 1465 to 1472.

"The Arts of Islam" on display in Sydney

Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia will present The Arts of Islam: Treasures from the Nasser D. Khalili Collection June 22-September 23, 2007.

Exhibit on Renaissance Children on display in Austria

"Prinzenrolle," an exhibit on children and childhood in the Renaissance, will be on display at Schloss Ambras in Innsbruck, Austria.

"Union Catalog of Pre-1600 Books" online

Gregory Blount has announced the publication of the online resource The Union Catalog of Pre-1600 Books Online, a list of digitized out-of-copyright books, many of which are relevant to the SCA.

Kingdom of Terre Nueve youth subject of documentary

14-year-old Colin Taylor, a member of the Kingdom of Terre Nueve (Adrian Empire) reenactment group, is the subject of a documentary film by Destin Cretton. The film, Drakmar: A Vassal's Journey was made for $200 and will debut on HBO June 17, 2007

Harry Potter theme park planned

Good news for Harry Potter fans! Even though the seventh and final book is due in July, fans will still be able to revel in their Harry Potter world through the Wizarding World Of Harry Potter at the Universal Orlando Resort in Florida.

The Heroic Age online journal

The Heroic Age, "a fully peer-reviewed academic journal intended for professionals, students and independent scholars," focusses on the history of North-western Europe during the early medieval period (from the late 4th through 11th centuries. It is available to read online.

Danish "Kalkmalerier" available online

Imagine standing beneath a magnificent 14th century church mural and letting your eyes wander along its length. This is what you can experience at the panoramas.dk website which offers fullscreen panoramas of various medieval Danish church ceilings.

"War of the Wings II": a literary approach

SCA writer Jonathan Blackbow takes a literary approach to publicity for October's War of the Wings event in the Kingdom of Atlantia.

Lloyd Alexander, "Prydain Chronicles" author, dead at 83

Children's fantasy author Lloyd Alexander, famed for such works as The Prydain Chronicles and Time Cat, died May 19, 2007 at his home in Drexel Hill, Pa. He was 83 years old.

"Many Books" for free

Manybooks.net is a website that offers "free eBooks for your PDA, iPod, or eBook reader." The special collections include over 16,000 titles.

Frescos cleaned with salad dressing?

Fine art met culinary art in Siena, Italy recently when delicate frescos by Renaissance painter Lorenzo di Pietro were cleaned with a salad-dressing-like mixture of oil and water.

Rare Raphael Portrait of Lorenzo De'Medici to be Auctioned at Christies

Raphael painted a portrait of Lorenzo De'Medici that was to be his introduction to his intended bride, a cousin of King Francois I of France, in about 1518. The picture shows Lorenzo, the Duke of Urbino, wearing a quite sumptuous costume, ornately gold with red puffy sleeves and gray fur lining around his neck.

"Venice and the Islamic World" at the Met

What inspired Renaissance artists? According to a new exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, it was the Islamic world. Venice and the Islamic World, 828-1797 showcases works that borrowed from the eastern traditions. Blake Gopnik of the Washington Post has the story.

Mona Lisa revealed?

The discovery of some archival documents may have solved the mystery of the identity of Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa. The woman may have had humble origins and lived a few hundred feet from the Ponte Vecchio.

Known World Poetic Challenge at Pennsic XXXVI

Dunstan LeHeryngmongere, Poeta Atlantiae, has announced that this year's Pennsic War will again offer budding poets the chance to shine with the Knowne World Poetic Challenge, a competition to produce a poem with a heroic theme.

Exhibit of European perceptions of foreign realms now at the NGA

"Fabulous Journeys and Faraway Places: Travels on Paper, 1450-1700" will be on display at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, through September 16.

12th century Buddha paintings found

A Nepalese shepherd led researchers to a cave where he had found cave-paintings of Buddha, including a 55-panel mural depicting the life of Buddha, dating back to at least the 12th century.

Oxford to open new centre for Classical and Byzantine studies

Thanks to a donation of more than UK£1 million from the Ioannou family, Greek Cypriots, Oxford University in England will open a new center for Classical and Byzantine research and study.

Exhibit of 16th & 17th century art celebrates 400th anniversary of Jamestown

"Rule Britannia: Art, Royalty, & Power in the Age of Jamestown" -- featuring the "Armada" portrait of Queen Elizabeth I, never before been exhibited in the U.S. -- will be on display at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, through August 12.

Four Queens: The Provençal Sisters Who Ruled Europe

Four Queens: The Provençal Sisters Who Ruled Europe, is a nonfiction history book set in 13th-century medieval Europe and follows the story of the four daughters of Count Raymond Berenger V and Beatrice of Savoy.

16th Century Gun Powder Flask-Sundial Compass Watch

The "Swiss-Army-knife" of its time, a gunpowder flask/sundial compass watch is featured in a watch enthusiasts' blog complete with a large, detailed photo. The object was created in Germany around 1590.

Exhibit on animals & monsters at the Getty

"Medieval Beasts" will be on display at the Getty Center in Los Angeles, California, through July 29.

New Getty exhibit is a light in the dark

"Radiant Darkness: The Art of Nocturnal Light" will be on display at the Getty Center in Los Angeles, California, through July 22.

Cathead Theatre presents... Hamlet!

Naked Rabbit Productions asks "What would "Hamlet" look like if it were performed by cats?" Find out in this YouTube video clip.

Society for Renaissance Studies calls for papers

Dr Sarah Alyn Stacey of Trinity College in Dublin has announced that the Society for Renaissance Studies National Conference 2008 is calling for papers "on any aspects of Renaissance history." The conference will take place July 10-12, 2008 at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland.

Portraits of Henry VIII

The current fascination with the English Tudors in the media has led many to look for portraits of the family online. One site of interest is Tudor England Images, which includes a long chronological list of portraits of Henry VIII.

DRH_LMD, A Short Story

Jonathan Blackbow has written a short story set in the world of the SCA. He shared it on the Atenveldt list and allows us to repost it here.

Bayeux Tapestry comes to life

avidavid62 has posted an animated version of the Bayeux Tapestry on YouTube where the paintings actually move. The film was created by David Newton.