Fine Arts

Painting, sculpture, and similar forms of artistic expression.

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.

Novel of Crusader Period Reviewed

A new novel reviewed in the Los Angeles Times allows readers "to vicariously experience the drama and political intrigue of the Middle Ages."

"Catherine Called Birdy" Teaches About Medieval Life

Paula Laurita, Library Sciences Editor for BellaOnline, has created a website to help librarians and educators teach children learn about the Middle Ages.

The Rede of Sarnac

Master Aaron Faheud Swiftrunner of the Stone Keep has written this touching tribute to Count Sir Sarnac, who passed away earlier this week in Ealdormere.

Medieval Healing Icon to be Displayed in Bulgaria

A sacred icon depicting Saint Kliment Ohridski, dating from the Middle Ages, will be on display in Sofia, Bulgaria November 25, 2006.

Estate of Retired Librarian Includes Lost Fra Angelicos

Several paintings of saints created by 15th century monk and artist Fra Angelico have been discovered in England and are scheduled to be auctioned. The sale is expected to bring nearly US$2 million.

Charlemagne Story Filming in Europe

Love and Virtue, a film about Charlemagne based on The Song of Roland and Orlando Innamorato, will feature an all-star cast including John Malkovich, Peter O'Toole, Stephen Dillane and Darryl Hannah.

Web preview created for Caidan fundraising calendar

A web site has been created for the highly-successful "Benedictions: A Caidan Calendar of Chivalry and Sainthood". The calendar's sales are a fundraiser to benefit Caid's kingdom coffers, which suffered substantial losses due to the cancellation of this year's Great Western War.

Optics Scholar Offers Discussion of Use of Projectors by Renaissance Painters

Dr. David G. Stork, Chief Scientist of Ricoh Innovations, heads up a discussion of a theory by David Hockney that painters, as far back as 1420, used projection devices to enable them to trace images onto canvas.

Dreams Come True for Young Author

Christopher Paolini was only a teenager when he penned Eragon, a novel about a young man who finds and raises a dragon. Now, his dreams will really come true when the fantasy debuts on the silver screen December 15, 2006. The November issue of the Renaissance Store's newsletter has a review.

New exhibit of northern European art at the National Gallery

Prayers and Portraits: Unfolding the Netherlandish Diptych will be on display at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, through February 4.

"Vidimus" to be Published Online

Vidimus, an online magazine devoted to the study of medieval stained glass, will be published monthly online. Subscriptions to the magazine are free.

Da Vinci's Mom May have been Middle Eastern

Analysis of a fingerprint left by Leonardo Da Vinci suggests the prototypical Renaissance man may have been the son of a Middle East-born slave woman.

Estrella Gatebook Art Contest

M'Lady Brenna Aine Bisset, Estrella XXIII Gatebook Autocrat, has announced that a contest will take take place to choose the best design for the gatebook cover art.

Science Helps Understand "Ultramarine Sickness"

Two chemists have discovered the reason why the lapis-lazuli-based blue pigment prized by medieval painters fades so drastically over time. Ultramarine, more precious than gold, was often used for portrayals of the robes of the Virgin Mary, and Michelangelo used it in the Sistine Chapel.

Rome -- the Eternal Source Material

An entertaining new essay by Allan Massie explores the continuing fascination of Rome for fiction writers and moviemakers -- and their audiences.

"Gates of Paradise" to Tour USA

Lorenzo Ghiberti's immense gilded doors, completed in 1452 and nicknamed the "Gates of Paradise," will tour the United States beginning in April 2007. The intricately decorated doors are 20 feet high and weigh three tons.

Louvre Atlanta opens at the High Museum

An unprecedented partnership between Paris' Louvre and Atlanta's High Museum of Art is bringing a number of works of art from the famous French museum to the American South. Many of these works have never before left France. On October 14, two exhibitions open:

Lafayette Public Library to Offer Chaucer Program

The Lafayette Public Library in Lafayette, Louisiana will present "The Life and Times of Geoffrey Chaucer," a free teacher workshop, on November 11, 2006.

Arthurian Scholar Norma Lorre Goodrich Dies in California

Writer, professor and Arthurian Scholar Norma Lorre Goodrich died September 19, 2006 at her home in Claremont, California. Goodrich was known for her sometimes controversial theory that King Arthur was Scottish rather than English or Welsh.

Hans Holbein at the V&A

Artist Hans Holbein, best known for his portraits of royal personages of the Tudor court, is the subject of a new exhibit at London's Victoria and Albert Museum. The large collection of paintings will be on display 28 September 2006 through 7 January 2007.

Caid's "Merry Gamester" Shares Expertise

Lord Wat of Coombe (Walter Nelson), of the Kingdom of Caid, has released his book, The Merry Gamester: A Practical Guide to the English Speaking World's Most Popular Card Games, Dice Games and Divers Amusements from Ancient Times to 1900, a work on historical gaming, for general use. The book is available in PDF format.

Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna Exhibits 'Bellini, Giorgione, Titian'

Soon a new special exhibition will be on display at the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. BELLINI, GIORGIONE, TITIAN and the Renaissance of the Venetian Painting begins at October 17, 2006 and runs until January 7, 2007.

Today in the Middle Ages: October 9, 1547

Miguel de Cervantes, creator of Don Quixote and spiritual ancestor of thousands of SCAdians, was born on October 9, 1547. His Wikipedia entry says "he lived an unsettled life of hardship and adventure."