Fine Arts

Painting, sculpture, and similar forms of artistic expression.

Cimabue works on display in new exhibit at the Frick

"Cimabue and Early Italian Devotional Painting" will be on display at The Frick Collection in New York City through December 31.

Today in the Middle Ages: October 7, 1543

Hans Holbein the Younger, the northern Renaissance portraitist who painted many Tudor notables including Henry VIII and at least two of his wives, died on October 7, 1543.

Miles Atherton de Grey (mka: John M. Ford, author & poet) passes

Miles Atherton de Grey, once the first herald of the Midrealm's Shire of Mynydd Seren (Bloomington IN), and lately of Northshield's Barony of Nordskogen (area around Minneapolis MN), is no more. Many who did not know him by his SCA name will remember his novels, stories, poems, and wargaming works under his mundane name, John M. Ford.

Medieval sculpture exhibit opens at the Met

Over eighty medieval sculpted heads, half from the Met's collection and half from other American and European collections, are on display in "Set in Stone: The Face in Medieval Sculpture," a new exhibit at the Robert Lehman Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

Three Bears: Old Norse Style

Bluejo has posted a version of Goldilocks and the Three Bears written as an Old Norse saga. The poem was published on LiveJournal.

New Tolkien Book to be Published

Over thirty years after his death, a new, unfinished work by the British author of The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien, is scheduled to be published. The Children of Hurin will appear in the United States and Britain in the spring of 2007.

Roman Ink

An unlikely exhibition exploring the history of tattoos in Britain has opened at Newcastle University's Museum of Antiquities. The exhibition includes archaeological evidence of military tattoos among the Roman soldiers at Hadrian's Wall.

Odyssey Written by a Woman?

Bearded statues aside, one scholar now believes that the epic poems the Iliad and the Odyssey were probably written by a woman.

Beocat vs. Grendel's Dog

Beocat, fearless feline of the Saxon north, takes on Grendel's dog, a Great Dane of course, in Grendel's Dog, from Beocat, a delightful poem by Henry Beard.

Devonshire Tapestries Get Face Lift

One of only three full sets of surviving Flemish or French tapestries has been taken down from display at the Victoria and Albert Museum for cleaning and restoration.

Southeastern Medieval Association Conference to Present "Beginnings and Endings"

The SouthEastern Medieval Association will host the 2006 conference at The University of Mississippi October 12-14, 2006. The conference will feature Giles Constable of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, and Roberta Frank of Yale University.

Darwin Awards Author at Pennsic

Wendy Northcutt, author of the Darwin Award books, attended Pennsic 35 and collected a few SCA stories for future volumes.

Mary Queen of Scots Portrait Found

Only one portrait of Mary, Queen of Scots, is known to exist, and that painting has been brought forth from thirty years of storage for exhibition in London.

Movie Posters in Medieval Russian Style

Brush up on your Russian! A website has posted a collection of modern movie posters done in the manner of medieval woodcuts.

Modesty Drives Change in Venetian Painting

Expert analysis of a 15th century Venetian painting by Giorgione shows that the artist changed the subject's clothing style from that of a "seductive female" to more modest dress.

Seeking Shakespeare in Connecticut

An exhibition of three paintings depicting the likeness of William Shakespeare is on display at the Yale Center for British Art. Searching for Shakespeare will be in New Haven, CT until September 17, 2006.

Byzantine Exhibit Includes Classical Themes

An exhibition of Byzantine artifacts shows how the classical style of the Greeks and Romans carried over into the Middle Ages. The Road to Byzantium: Luxury Arts of Antiquity, an exhibit which runs through September 3, 2006 at London's Sometset House, shows a wide range of pieces decorated with classical themes.

Venetian Masters at National Gallery

An exhibition of Venetian Renaissance masterworks will be on display at Washington D.C.'s National Gallery of Art June 18–September 17, 2006. Bellini, Giorgione, Titian, and the Renaissance of Venetian Painting will include a selection of paintings from 16th century Venice.

Today in the Middle Ages: July 12, 1174

King Henry II of England performed penance for the murder of Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral on July 12, 1174.

Geoffrey Chaucer Interviews Paris Hilton

Our boy Geoffrey Chaucer is at it again! This time he interviews Paris Hilton on his blog.

Duke Cariadoc Book Signing

Duke Cariadoc of the Bow (David Friedman) has announced the recent publication of his first novel. Harald is a cross "between a fantasy without magic and a historical novel with invented history and geography."

Papers Sought for Medieval Conference

The organizers of the Midwest Medieval History Conference are calling for proposals for papers to be presented at the 45th annual meeting. The conference will be held October 13-14, 2006 at the University of Evansville in Evansville, Indiana.

Today in the Middle Ages: June 28, 1577

On June 28, 1577, the great baroque painter Peter Paul Rubens was born in Westphalia.

Medieval Scholar Mary Martin McLaughlin, dead at 87

Mary Martin McLaughlin, best known for editing work on The Portable Medieval Reader (Viking, 1949) and The Portable Renaissance Reader (Viking, 1953), has passed away at the age of 87.

Today in the Middle Ages: June 22, 1400

On June 22, 1400, Owain Glyndwr and his allies defeated in the English in the Battle of Bryn Glas.

New exhibit on the art of Renaissance Venice at the National Gallery of Art

"Bellini, Giorgione, Titian, and the Renaissance of Venetian Painting" will be on display at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, through September 17.

"Shakespeare Book of Lists"

Author, teacher and consultant for the Folger Shakespeare Library, Michael LoMonico, has posted an online companion to his book, The Shakespeare Book of Lists which looks at the playwright's life, work and times through a collection of lists.

Googling Shakespeare

Google has placed "The complete plays of Shakespeare... at your fingertips," according to the Google Book Search website.

"The World of Chaucer" Online

A web version of The World of Chaucer: Medieval Books and Manuscripts is now available on the website of the University of Glasgow. The site includes reproductions of manuscripts from the exhibition catalog.

Leonardo and the Elephant

Multispectrum imaging has recently revealed a series of "under drawings" beneath the paint of Leonard Da Vinci's famous Adoration of the Magi, including one drawing of an elephant.