Fine Arts

Painting, sculpture, and similar forms of artistic expression.

Merovingian treasures displayed in Russia

The Pushkin Museum of Fine art in Russia will display a collection of Merovingian artifacts. The museum is located in Moscow.

Art conservation series to be presented in Cleveland

Baroness Katarina Peregrine reports that the Intermuseum Conservation Association will present a free six-part program to "introduce the public to the field of conservation and the wide range of materials and information that conservators work with, while highlighting care and handling of personal artifacts and family heirlooms."

Ravenna: Italy's mosaic treasure trove

Joan Scobey of the Post-Gazette travels to Ravenna, Italy, the ancient capital of three empires, and describes its historic pleasures for her readers.

Nicholas Howe, Anglo-Saxon scholar, dies in Oakland, California

Nicholas Howe, one of the world's leading scholars of Anglo-Saxon studies, died of complications arising from leukemia September 27, 2006 in Oakland, California. R. M. Liuzza of the University of Tennessee has posted an obituary on the Old English Newsletter website.

"Art detective" searches for lost Da Vinci painting

Self-professed "art detective" Maurizio Seracini, an expert on Leonard da Vinci's lost painting The Battle of Anghiari, has been given funds to continue his 30-year quest for the painting.

SCA Bard Publishes In-Persona Stories

G.R. Groves joined the SCA over a decade ago, and her experiences in that organization and her travels abroad inspired her to write a first-person fictional account of the travels of a Welsh Bard in the Middle Ages. The book has now been published online and in print.

New exhibition of drawings at the Getty

"Made for Manufacture: Drawings for Sculpture and the Decorative Arts" will be on display at the Getty Center in Los Angeles, California, through May 20.

"Murder at the War" author interviewed

Author and SCA member Mary Kuhfeld, creator of Murder at the War and the Sister Frevisse mysteries (written under the names of Mary Monica Pulver and Margaret Frazier), was interviewed recently by David Gustafson of the Star Tribune.

The Shakespeare Character Test

The OK Cupid website has a Shakespeare character quiz to determine if you are "a tragic hero, a hopeless romantic, a comedian, or a villain."

MIT OpenCourseWare offers free courses for interested SCAdians

Lady Merouda Pendray of the Kingdom of Northshield has discovered a website which provides "college level course work available for free for use by teachers, other professionals, and self-directed learners."

Globe Theatre: a new look

The producers of Reinventing the Globe: A Shakespearean Theater for the 21st Century, an exhibition at the National Building Museum in Washington D.C., have turned over the famous building to the imaginations of five architects with the command to modernize the building.

Monty Python and the Battle of the Hornburg

What would happen if the Monty Python guys were in charge of Lord of the Rings' Battle of Helmsdeep? Walter Chang thinks he has the answer.

The REAL history of Valentine's Day

An article posted on Newswise looks at the history - and myths - of Valentine's Day. "Though it may be swathed in pink fluffy confections, Valentine’s Day is far from sugar sweet. Before you dig into that box of chocolates, here’s the real history behind all the candy and flowers."

New exhibit on sculpture of the Italian Renaissance now at the MFA

"Donatello to Giambologna: Italian Renaissance Sculpture" will be on display at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts, through July 8.

Mona Lisa Buried in Florence

Lisa del Giocondo, wife of Francesco del Giocondo, known to us as the Mona Lisa, may have been buried out of a convent in Florence after her death in 1542.

"Penfeathers" seeks young SCA authors

Yves de Fortanier, editor of Penfeathers, a quarterly periodical produced in the Kingdom of Meridies, is looking for material written by children in the SCA.

Illuminated manuscripts from time of Edward IV

Among the manuscripts digitized and included in the collection of the Free Library of Philadelphia, are a set depicting the Genealogy of Edward IV.

Blue Lady Tavern chronicles life in an 8th century Saxon town

Leofwen Taverner of Eoforwic, modernly known as Nan Hawthorne, is an historical novelist and member of Regia Anglorum who writes a wonderful and detailed diary of her persona, presented to our modern eye as a blog.

Blue Lady Tavern

Leofwen Taverner of Eoforwic, modernly known as Nan Hawthorne, is an historical novelist who writes a wonderful and detailed diary of her persona, presented to our modern eye as a blog. Installments talk about the daily goings-on, from the pedestrian to the sublime, in an 8th century CE town in Saxon England.

Story behind "Tournaments Illuminated" cover art

A discussion of the cover art of the Fall 2006 issue of Tournaments Illuminated, the quarterly publication of the Society for Creative Anachronism, led to an explanation by the artist, Sean P. Clancy.

"The Life and Times of Geoffrey Chaucer" workshop in Louisiana

On Saturday February 10, 2007 a free teacher workshop will be held at the Lafayette Public Library (Lafayette, Louisiana). Featured Speakers will include: SLU professor and History Department Chair Dr. William Robison, History Professor and Social Studies Education coordinator Charles Elliott, Acadiana Medieval Faire cast director Wade Heaton, and local early musician Patrick Brown.

Dante's True Face

Dante Allegheri, the Italian poet whose work, The Divine Comedy, is almost required reading for SCAdians, has been depicted in the past with a classical profile, his nose straight. A team of forensic archeologists is challenging that picture with a reconstructed face of the poet, featuring a flattened nose.

British Museum Purchases Gold and Garnet Anglo-Saxon Sword Hilt

The British Museum purchased a set of gold, garnet enchrusted Anglo-Saxon sword fittings. They were discovered by a metal detectorist in 2002 near Market Rasen, Lincolnshire. The fittings are a unique find for Anglo-Saxon England.

Science proves Shakespeare good for the brain

Medical research by University of Liverpool scientists has proved that reading Shakespeare can increase brain activity. Science Daily has the story.

Grendel on Sci Fi Saturday

On Saturday 13, 2007, the Sci Fi Channel will present the world premiere of Grendel, a Sci Fi original movie "based on the classic legend of Beowulf and Grendel."

Saint Nicholas honored by exhibit in Bari, Italy

An exhibition of artwork depicting Saint Nicholas will be on display in Bari, Italy, the saint's resting place. Saint Nicholas, Art Masterpieces in East and West is jointly organized by the Bari Municipality, the district of Puglia, the Bari University, the local Department of Archaeology, the Archbishopric of Bari and the metropolitan church of Saint Nicholas in Bari, and will be on display until May 6, 2007.

Ghostletters

Leofwen of Eoforwic and Nan Hawthorne have created a Yahoo discussion group to allow subscribers to take on personas of real or fictional people and engage in discussions. The group is called Ghostletters.

Modern Literary Middle Ages

Fahe reports that the University of Oregon's Medieval Studies program hosts a webpage listing sources of contemporary fiction set in the Middle Ages.

Armor for Kitty?

Metal sculptor Jeff de Boer has a number of interesting pieces featured in his online gallery. Among them are complete suits of armor - for cats and mice.

New translation of "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight" on BBC Radio 4

Unable to view the original manuscript of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight in the British Library, Simon Armitage decided to make his own translation. In an article for the Guardian, Armitage discusses the work and provides an excerpt.