Fine Arts

Painting, sculpture, and similar forms of artistic expression.

Exhibit seeks to identify the Master of the Embroidered Foliage

"Medieval Mystery," which explores the origins of a group of similar late 15th century Netherlandish paintings of the Virgin and Child, will be on display at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, MA, through January 2.

London's Raphael Exhibit Garners Praise

Michael Kimmelman of the New York Times reviews the much-praised Raphael exhibit now showing at the National Gallery in London.

Photos and an original pantoum from Mists Investiture

It's not a misshapen creature that haunts an opera house! A pantoum is a 15th century Malaysian poetry form, and Sir Balthazar has written one in honor of Princess Quentyn of the Mists. Balthazar has also published his photos from the Investiture.

Stolen Titian Painting Recovered

Abraham's Sacrifice of Isaac, a 16th century painting believed to be by Renaissance master Titian, was recovered recently after being stolen from a collector's home.

Renaissance Painter Rediscovered

Pope Urban VIII's nephew stole 2 altar paintings from a church in Urbino in 1632 and smuggled them to Rome. Today these paintings are being displayed and ascribed to the original painter, Fra Carnevale.

Wodeford Hall

Lady Jehanne de Wodeford's home page contains information on European and Japanese clothing and fans, plus original songs and poetry by Jehanne herself and by "Lady Makiwara" (an alternate persona). The poetry includes both haiku and an older form known as waka (or tanka, or uta).

On My Quest

A blog by Andrew Blackwood MacBaine the Purple, a noted bard in the Middle Kingdom. Contains original song lyrics and poetry by the man known as "Purple" to friends and audiences around the Known World.

Discovery Channel: Michelangelo's David Not Perfect

Michelangelo's David, long thought to be the model of male perfection, is not as perfect as once believed. He is missing a back muscle.

14th Century Fresco Discovered in Siena, Italy

A well-preserved fresco dating to 1370 has been found on the wall of the Santa Maria della Scala hospital museum in Siena, Italy.

Somerled: Scotland's Unsung Hero

If it weren't for Somerled, Scotland's unsung hero, residents of the country might be speaking Norwegian.

Picts: Barbarians or Cultured Artists?

The "pestulant" Picts of legend may actually have been "a highly sophisticated people with an intimate knowledge of the Bible and Roman classical literature."

Web Gallery of Art

The Web Gallery of Art is a virtual museum, as well as a searchable database, featuring European painting and sculpture from the 12th-18th centuries.

Unleash your Inner Leonardo

The point of this Themes list is for you to unleash the inner Leonardo da Vinci in the children. He was inventor, writer, painter, scientist and mathematician, to name but a few of his occupations. If we all had just a little Leonardo in us, the world might be a better place.

Grand Flaming Marshmallow Balrog Contest Winner Announced

For those with lots of time on their hands, here's your chance to get involved in a new artform: Marshmallow Sculpting.

New Yorker: Why Read Shakespeare?

Adam Gopnik, Critic at Large for the New Yorker, offers his opinion on why Shakepeare remains "the necessary poet".

StarBanner.com: Knights Templar depiction in "The Da Vinci Code" is "hogwash", say scholars

Amanda Greene reports on the mythology of the Knights Templars and their portrayal in books such as The Da Vinci Code. Is it fact ot fiction?

Torlonia Marbles to be open to the public

A collection of more than 600 marble statues and tombs from the Roman period will once again be open to the public.

Happy 500th Birthday David!

The city of Florence is celebrating the 500th anniversary of the unveiling of Michelangelo's statue of David.

Medieval Music: Charms to Soothe the Savage Breast

This week Dame Aoife shares links relating to medieval and renaissance music.

Science Aids Renaissance Art Restoration

Computers are being used to help restore several Renaissance paintings by showing how the art works originally appeared.

Paris Museum Garden Inspired by Tapestry

The medieval garden at the Hotel de Cluny, France's National Museum of the Middle Ages, was inspired by medieval tapestries.

Notes to the Wise: Writing the Medieval Missive

This week, Dame Aoife offers her links about how to write letters forsoothly and includes links on how to write award recommendations.

Denver Post: Outlands Artist Real Renaissance Man

Idaho Falls, Idaho artist William Lloyd gives Denver Post staff reporter Chi-Chi Zhang a glimpse of the world of Renaissance art at the Larkspur Renaissance Festival. Lloyd is an artisan who makes and sells intricately-carved ivory and bone knives and sword handles.

Renaissance Roundel Auctioned for £7 million

A rare bronze roundel discovered under a stairway in Devon, England, has brought nearly UK£7 million in a recent auction, a record for a Renaissance piece.

East Lothian Pub Boasts "Grotesque" Ceiling

The earliest example of a Renaissance painted ceiling in Scotland, originally painted at Prestongrange House in 1581, but later removed for preservation, has been reproduced at a nearby East Lothian pub.

Islamic art from the V&A on display at the National Gallery in DC

"Palace and Mosque: Islamic Art from the Victoria and Albert Museum," featuring over one hundred of the V&A's 10th-18th century works, will be on display at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, through February 6, 2005.

Medieval St. George Discovered in Llangattock Lingoed

A life-size painting of St. George dating from the Middle Ages has been discovered in St Cadoc's Church in Llangattock Lingoed, South Wales.

Spamalot Heads to Broadway

Spamalot, the musical version of "Monty Python's Holy Grail," is headed for Broadway in February 2005. David Hyde Pierce, Tim Curry and Hank Azaria will star.

Painting of 10th Century Saint Discovered in Tewkesbury Church

A wall painting of an Anglo-Saxon Saint dating from the 10th century has been discovered at Deerhurst Church near Tewkesbury, England.

Winged Detectives Find Renaissance Fresco

A flock of pigeons has led a group of art historians to a lost Renaissance fresco hidden in the ceiling of a Valencia cathedral.