Fine Arts

Painting, sculpture, and similar forms of artistic expression.

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.

Portland Art Museum hosts exhibit of Renaissance art from Brescia

"Great Painters in Brescia From the Renaissance to the 18th Century" will be on display at the Portland Museum of Art, in Portland, Oregon, through September 17.

Hobbitfest: Masterpiece of Imaginative Fiction or Faux Medieval Dirge?

"On the day that we are all invited to join in a worldwide Hobbitfest, two contrasting views of The Lord of the Rings: is it a masterpiece of imaginative fiction, or a faux medieval dirge?"

Folger Shakespeare Library Worth the Trip

Julienne fille Gaspard of the Kingdom of Atlantia discusses a recent visit to the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington D.C.

Independent Filmmaker Numbers SCA Film Among Projects

Great Falls, Montana resident David Macasaet recently attended the 10th Annual Kansas City Filmmakers' Jubilee where he screened his new short film Donuts at Night. Macaset also has a film about the SCA in the works.

Director's Theatre Festival to Feature SCA Participation

British Columbia's City of Chilliwack will get a taste of all types of theatre, including demos by the SCA, during the upcoming University College of the Fraser Valley's 11th annual Director’s Theatre Festival.

Today in the Middle Ages: April 27, 1174

On April 27, 1174, Marie de Champagne's Court of Love released its reply to the oft-debated question, "Can real love exist between married people?"

Asterix to Conquer Big Screen

Fans of Asterix, the pint-sized warrior of ancient Gaul, will be glad to learn that the hero will be coming to the big screen in a UK£15M film by Danish director Stefan Fjeldmark.

Shakespeare First Folio to be Auctioned

A rare, 17th century, calf-bound volume of the plays of William Shakespeare is scheduled to be auctioned in the summer of 2006 at Sotheby's sale of English Literature and History.

York Claims Emperor Constantine

More than a statue salutes the Roman Emperor Constantine in York, England. A major exhibit of treasures, including a sculpted marble head of the emperor, will be on display in the city until October 2006.

Today in the Middle Ages: April 15, 1452

Leonardo Da Vinci was born on April 15, 1452. He became the prototype of the "Renaissance Man."

Today in the Middle Ages: April 12, 1334

Giotto di Bondone was appointed Chief Architect of Florence Cathedral on April 12, 1334. He designed a bell tower for the Cathedral, but it was not finished until after his death.

Today in the Middle Ages: April 8, 1492

Today marks the anniversary of the death of Lorenzo de Medici, called "The Magnificent."

SCA on Neo-Monster-Island [PG-13]

You never know where SCA references will pop up! This time it's on a comic website called Neo-Monster-Island.

The Secret History of Nursery Rhymes

A British website looks at the origins and original lyrics of famous nursery rhymes including Ring a Ring o Rosies long believed to refer to the Black Death and Remember Remember, which chronicles Guy Fawkes' attempt to blow up Parliament.

Bird Paintings of Pierre Eskrich Rediscovered

Several albums of paintings of birds dating to the 16th century have been "rediscovered" by Roberta J.M. Olson, art curator for the New York Historical Society. The works were painted by French artist Pierre Eskrich, considered to be the inspiration for James Audubon.

Dreamstone Tourney 27

DREAMSTONE TOURNEY XXVII: A Great Tournament Tradition Continues! The People's Barony of Bryn Madoc invites one and all to Dreamstone Tourney 27 to be held on April 21-23, 2006 at A.H. Stephens Historic Park, near Crawfordville, Georgia.

Shakespearean Insult Generator

Thou villainous doghearted gudgeon! Chris Seidel has created an insult generator based on the original Shakespeare Insult Kit. Have fun!

Mysterious Lady of the Wells

A fifteenth century mural of a flimsily-clad woman discovered beneath the floor of Virgin's Tower of the residence of the Bishop of Bath and Wells has sparked a great deal of interest among researchers who wonder about the meaning of the painting.

Chaucer's Blog

A product of an overactive imagination or just someone with too much time on their hands, Geoffrey Chaucer Hath A Blog is now available online.

Looking at the Face of the Bard

New research may prove that a death mask found in Darmstadt, Germany in 1842 may actually be that of William Shakespeare.

Aztec Mural Documents Spanish Conquest

A recently unearthed Aztec mural, painted shortly after the Spanish conquest, combines Aztec mythology with Christian symbols including a large black and white cross.

Artwork Needed for Pennsic Event Booklet

Mistress Chai'usun, the Pennsic Publications Deputy, is seeking artwork to appear in the Pennsic XXXV event booklet.

Geoffrey Chaucer Hath A Blogge

Geoffrey Chaucer giveth advice, posteth the toppe X searches inn hys netwerk, and "the privitees of the manye abbreviaciouns ywritten on the internette". BSL (by seinte loy!) Thou shalt be ROFL ("rollinge on the floore laughinge").