Fine Arts

Painting, sculpture, and similar forms of artistic expression.

Neil Gaiman's Beowulf

Popular graphic novel and science fiction writer Neil Gaiman is working on an animated version of Beowulf featuring the voices of Anthony Hopkins, Angelina Jolie, Brendan Gleeson, and John Malkovich.

Dante quiz helps sinners find their future home in Hell

Have you been bad? Very bad? Dante Alighieri has an eternal home for you. Use this quiz to find out which of his seven levels of Hell you will inhabit. [PG-13]

Portrait of Lady Jane Grey identified

Tests have suggested that a painting found in London may be the only surviving portrait of Lady Jane Grey, who was Queen of England for nine days.

Coffee Art

For those serious coffee drinkers out there: Coffee Art!

British Library Images Online

The British Library has released a database of searchable images digitized from its vast collections of manuscripts, rare books and maps.

Teahouse of the Winter Moon: a Report

Saionji no Hanae (Lisa Joseph) of the West Kingdom reports of the recent Teahouse of the Winter Moon event which took place in the Kingdom of the Outlands January 7, 2006.

Centuries-Old Books Comment on Gift-Giving

Proverbs, a book of sayings compiled by English playwright John Heywood in 1546, contains a number of pithy quotations relevant to the holiday gift-giving season, as do Homer and Virgil.

"Tristan and Isolde" Trailer Online

A trailer for the upcoming film, Tristan and Isolde, is now available on the Moviefone website.

Mona Lisa Mostly Happy

A team of Dutch scientists has determined that the expression of the face of Da Vinci's famous Mona Lisa is "83 percent happy, 9 percent disgusted."

Happy 114th Birthday J.R.R. Tolkien!

J.R.R. Tolkien, creator of the Middle-Earth books including the Lord of the Rings epic, was born on January 3, 1892.

Painted-Over Italian Fresco Restored

"The Separation of Night and Day," a rare Italian fresco by Guido Reni, has had the coat of paint removed that has hidden the work from view for 150 years.

All about "Auld Lang Syne"

How many times have you wondered about the origin of the song "Auld Lang Syne?" Just in time for New Year's Day, Dover Publications offers a brief history, and the words to all five verses.

First Nativity Scene to be Restored

A 13th century marble nativity scene by sculptor Arnolfo di Cambio in the oratory of the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome is scheduled to be removed from the church for restoration.

The Fellowship of the Catapult [Rated PG-13 for Language]

Maximumawesom.com wonders how much time could have been saved if the Fellowship of the Ring had just used a catapult....

Antonello on display at the Met

"Antonello da Messina: Sicily's Renaissance Master" will be on display in the European Paintings Galleries of the Metropolitan Museum of Art through March 5.

Children Explore Mabinogion through Lessons

Welsh poet Twm Morys joined a group of school children as they gathered in the woods of Wales for a day of lessons which included poetry writing, stories of Coed Felinrhyd and walking in the woods.

Hesse family loans works of art to the Portland Art Museum

"Hesse: A Princely German Collection," which featuring the Darmstadt Madonna among other works from the Hesse family collection, will be on display at the Portland Art Museum through March 19, 2006.

Shakespeare Film Festival

Set your Tivos! On Wednesday, December 14, 2005, Turner Classic Movies will hold a 24-hour-long Shakepeare film festival beginning at 6:00 am (EST).

New exhibit of North Italian Renaissance drawings at the Getty

"Drawings from Leonardo to Titian: A North Italian Itinerary" will be on display at the Getty Center in Los Angeles, California, though February 26.

13th Century Frescoes Being Restored in Italy

In Italy, 13th century frescoes in the Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, which were damaged in a 1997 earthquake and thought to be irreparable, are now being restored with the help of computers.

SCAdian Christmas Tree in South Dakota

The Shire of Coldedernhale was recently asked to decorate a Christmas tree at the state capital in Pierre, South Dakota. The display is part of an annual Christmas tradition at the capital.

Bibliotheca Alexandrina: Ancient and Modern

The sparkling, new library in Alexandria, Egypt has an enormous reputation to live up to. The original, built by Alexander's general Ptolemy I Soter, became known as the greatest library in the world.

Asterix Takes on the U.S.

Feisty comic strip hero Asterix has been making fools of the Romans for years. Now he has a new focus: the Bush Administration.

Textiles, Metalwork and Art from Ottoman Empire Now at Smithsonian

The weekend before Atenveldt and Gleann Abhann’s coronations, the first-ever international exhibition devoted to imperial Turkish robes, or kaftans, dating to the 16th-17th centuries, opened at the Smithsonian Institute’s Sackler Gallery.

In Praise of Gleann Abhann

Iustinos Branov has posted "A Hymn in Praise of Gleann Abhann," written in honor of the founding of the new Kingdom.

Caravaggio's painting exhales perfume

For two weeks in the State Hermitage Museum, Russia, every visitor will have a chance to enjoy the scents of the flowers and fruits that are depicted on Caravaggio’s famous painting “The Lute-Player

"Splendor of the Word" Captures a Fading World

The Splendor of the Word: Medieval and Renaissance Illuminated Manuscripts at the New York Public Library, a new exhibit, is the first in the library's history to showcase the organization's massive holdings of medieval and Renaissance illuminated manuscripts.

King Arthur tales may contain secret code

According to amateur scholar Joan Helm on the radio program The Science Show, King Arthur and the Camelot legends are just crammed full of hidden meanings and subtle messages.

Beowulf Mania

Two films, an opera and an off-Broadway play are enough to jump start the popularity of Anglo-Saxon classic.

The Met hosts major exhibition of the work of Fra Angelico

The Fra Angelico exhibit will be on display in the Robert Lehman Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art through January 29.