Fine Arts

Painting, sculpture, and similar forms of artistic expression.

Morgan Library Announces Digitized Manuscript Collection Online

Corsair, the online research resource for the Pierpont Morgan Library, makes available thousands of digital images from the library's medieval and Renaissance manuscript collection.

Michaelangelo Self Portrait Discovered

A newly-discovered bas-relief may be the first known self-portrait of Renaissance artist Michelangelo.

Shakespeare portrait a fake, say experts

Top art authorities at the UK's National Portrait Gallery have determined that one of the best-known portraits of William Shakespeare was painted two centuries after his death.

1,000,000 Scottish Treasures to be Cataloged

In a project sure to make any librarian twitch, the city fathers of Glasgow, Scotland have authorized the cataloging of 1,000,000 of the city's art and archaeological treasures.

Exhibit on Islamic art now at the Kimbell

"Palace & Mosque: Islamic Art from the Victoria and Albert Museum" is on display through September 4 at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas.

MC busts some Chaucer at Oakland high school

Students at a high school in Oakland, California, attended a performance of "The Rap Canterbury Tales" by Dirk "Baba" Brinkman, a "hip-hop Chaucer rapper."

Science News: Art Historian Discovers Secret of Venetian Color

Researchers have now verified the secret that made Venetian Renaissance paintings "appear to glow." Art historian Louisa Matthew discovered that artists traded ideas and materials with dye and glass-makers.

Writer Andre Norton Dies at Age 93

The first exposure many SCA members have had to fantasy and science fiction stories was from author Andre Norton. She died March 17, 2005 at the age of 93.

Treasures in Full: Caxton's Chaucer

The British Library web site now features William Caxton’s digital images of two editions of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, probably printed in 1476 and 1483, in an online exhibit called "Treasures in Full: Caxton's Chaucer".

Lend Me Thine Ears: Medieval Poetry

Are you a "poet and don't know-et?" This week, Dame Aoife takes us on a poetic journey through this fine art that has been the choice of lovers, leaders, and lechers since time immemorial.

Merchant of Venice Comes to Film

Baron Tibor of Rock Valley recently attended the latest film version of Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice and wrote a review.

The Age: Loves Letters Found?

A new controversy involving the love letters of Abelard and Heloise has members of the literary and academic communities buzzing.

Washington Times: Marlowe Book Looks at Life in Elizabethan England

Columnist Vincent D. Balitas reviews a new book on Elizabethan playwright Christopher Marlowe for the Washington Times.

Did Shakespeare Slander Macbeth?

Members of the Scottish Parliament are seeking to clear the reputation of the historical Macbeth for the 1,000th anniversary of his birth.

Da Vinci Fingerprint May Solve Mystery

The restoration of a renaissance painting, "The Adoration of the Christ Child," may have solved a mystery by revealing a fingerprint and stylistic touches that could tie the work to Leonardo Da Vinci.

"Da Vinci Code" Put on Trial

A museum in Lornardo Da Vinci's hometown Vinci, Italy, is holding a trial to sort out the facts from fiction in Dan Brown's novel The Da Vinci Code.

New exhibit on boats in Chinese paintings at the Freer

"Boating on a River" will be on display at the Freer Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, through August 14, 2005.

Milan Calls Da Vinci Poster "Blasphemous"

City fathers in Milan, Italy have banned a French clothing company's advertisement featuring an all-female version of Da Vinci's famous painting of the Last Supper.

Sex in the Roman City

Natalie Bennett reviews Looking at Lovemaking: Constructions of Sexuality in Roman Art, 100 B.C. - A.D. 250, a new book by John R. Clarke that looks at sexuality and gender issues in Roman society.

Could you design this year's Pennsic medallion?

Mistress Chai'usun, who is in charge of Information Services for Pennsic War 34, is seeking donations of artwork for this year's site medallion on the theme "Ships, Sailing, and Seaports."

Hiëronymus Bosch Action Figures

Disturbingly fascinating, a collection of plastic sculptures of figures from paintings by Renaissance artist Hiëronymus Bosch can be viewed online.

Useful Latin Phrases for the Rest of Us

Sometimes it just sounds better in Latin!

Montefiascone Project Offers Medieval Experience in Summer Courses

The non-profit Montefiascone Project is offering summer 2005 courses related to the scribal arts in a medieval setting north of Rome.

Islamic Renaissance Workshop to be Presented in Maryland

The Center for Renaissance and Baroque Studies at the University of Maryland will present "The Impact of Islamic Culture on the Arts of the Renaissance," a day-long workshop, on February 4, 2005.

Finland's "Kalevala" Still has Influence in the Modern World

New York Times reporter Cori Ellison looks at the influence of the "Kalevala," Finland's national epic, on modern culture.

Northshield Dance Seminar XIX

Please join us for a day and night full of dancing as the Shire of Inner Sea presents: Northshield Dance Seminar XIX, March 19, 2005.

Chemist Discovers Secret of Renaissance Translucence

A chemist working for Washington's National Gallery of Art may have discovered the secret to the bright, translucent colors of European Renaissance paintings: ground glass.

That Cwazy Beowabbit!

A newly-translated Anglo-Saxon epic casts a whole new light on noble warriors. Enjoy!

Portrait of Thomas Howard Added to England's National Portrait Gallery

England's National Portrait Gallery has added a rare porait of Thomas Howard, 4th Duke of Norfolk, to its collection. Howard was a powerful courtier during the reign of Elizabeth I.

Brueghel Painting Sells for $7 Million

The Kermesse of St. George, by Pieter Brueghel the Younger, was among the paintings auctioned at Sotheby's recently.