Fine Arts

Painting, sculpture, and similar forms of artistic expression.

Crossroads at Canterbury

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From Tavern Yard to Tourney Field, to a feast fit for kings; Stroll through time in the Courtyard Faire, where children's laughter rings; Where merchants fine display proud wares, the Craftsmen build and the Jongleur sings; 'Round the campfire, or in the Hall, we'll listen to stories told Of Ages past and distant lands, of Heroes strong and bold.

The Shire of Quintavia, in partnership with our neighboring Baronies of Location:
Shire of Quintavia (Spencer, Massachusetts)

Beowulf trailer online

A trailer from the upcoming film Beowulf is now available to download. The Robert Zemeckis film is scheduled to open in theatres November 16, 2007.

Exhibit of Indian paintings at the British Museum

"Faith, Narrative, and Desire: Masterpieces of Indian painting in the British Museum" will be on display through November 11, to commemorate 60 years of Indian independence.

The potty humor of the Middle Ages

In an article for the Chronicle for Higher Education Evan R. Goldstein reviews On Farting: Laughter and Language in the Middle Ages by Valerie Allen, a new work that looks at the use of low humor in literature of the period.

Renaissance fresco features face of Pope's mistress

The fragment of a fresco painted during the time of the Borgia's is causing some consternation in the Vatican with its depiction of Pope Alexander VI kneeling at the feet of his mistress Giulia Farnese.

Cerne Abbas giant awakes to companion

Doh! Whether it was a prank or a scheme to market the new Simpsons movie, a giant painted Homer Simpson next to England's famous Cerne Abbas giant has irked the country's Pagan community.

Bardic Circle Publications

Calling All Writers! Bardic Circle Publications needs you! Bardic Circle Publications, the new publishing imprint for SCA fiction, is putting together a collection of short stories from SCA members to SCA members.

Desiderio's sculpture featured in new exhibit at the National Gallery

"Desiderio da Settignano: Sculptor of Renaissance Florence" will be on display at the National Gallery of Art, in Washington, DC, through October 8.

Middle English Collection at University of Virginia

The University of Virginia has posted an online library of Middle English texts from the Oxford Text Archive. Some are illustrated, and all of the texts are searchable.

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.