Fine Arts

Painting, sculpture, and similar forms of artistic expression.

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.

Students Present "Big Mac" Shakespeare

Pat Newcomb of the Huntsville (Alabama) Times reviews Stone Middle School's "Big Mac," a condensed version of Shakespeare's Macbeth.

Today in the Middle Ages: June 8, 1504

Michelangelo's "David" was set in the Palazzo of Florence on June 8, 1504, although it would not be formally dedicated until September.

Mona Lisa is 500... Maybe

She doesn't look a day over 300. Art historians have long believed that Leonardo Da Vinci's famous work was painted in 1506, but that may just be a guess.

Today in the Middle Ages: May 30, 1265

Premier Italian poet Dante Alighieri was born on (or about) May 30, 1265. In his writings, he mentions that he was born under the sign of Gemini.

Terry Jones Seeks to Bust the Barbarian Myth

Ex-Pythoner Terry Jones hopes to dispell the myth of barbarism in his new book Terry Jones' Barbarians. The London Times provides a preview.

"Da Vinci Code" Renews Interest in the Grail

The popularity of Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code has sparked interest in grail legends, according to scholars. An MSNBC article looks the various ways the grail has popped up in literature over the centuries.

Fairytale Fete

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Come one, come all to the Third Annual Fantastic Fairytale Fete sponsored by the incipient Shire of Pavlovsk Gavan. The site will be the Marion Center behind St. Mary's church on Mill Bay Road in Kodiak, Alaska.

Site opens at 2pm on Saturday, June 3rd and closes at 8pm. Feast is a potluck. Dishes should be based on a fairytale - who can be the most creative for the food competition? Last year's winners Location:
Incipient Shire of Pavlovsk Gavan (Kodiak, Alaska)

Germanic National Museum to Display Medieval Collection

Teri Centner reports that the Germanic National Museum in Nurnburg, Germany will be opening the doors of its famed medieval collection for the first time in many years.