Fine Arts

Painting, sculpture, and similar forms of artistic expression.

Albrecht Dürer in Washington

The works of German Renaissance artist Albrecht Dürer are being showed in an exhibit at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. Holland Cotter, of the New York Times Art and Design section, looks at the artist and his work.

Medieval Murder Scene in Jeopardy

Depicting the murder of Thomas Becket, this medieval wall painting is on the verge of disappearing.

No horns on their helmets

Everyone knows that the Vikings were dirty louts in helmets with horns -- at least that is what Danish Facebook readers thought in a recent survey by ScienceNordic’s Danish partner site, videnskab.dk. ScienceNordic debunks the myths about Viking appearance on a webpage entitled What Vikings really looked like.

SCA book club created in Meridies

A new Yahoo group has been created as a means to discuss books of interest to the SCA. Those interested may join the Meridien Book Club online.

Early Renaissance Art at the Art Gallary of Ontario

The birth of the Renaissance in Florence is the subject of an exhibition at the Art Gallary of Ontario with the exhibition Revealing the Early Renaissance: Stories and Secrets in Florentine Art. The exhibit will be on display March 16 – June 16, 2013.

Spencer Museum of Art to present two-day symposium on Color in Ancient and Medieval East Asia

The Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas will present a two-day symposium bringing "together an international and interdisciplinary team of scholars from the arts, humanities, and sciences to explore the roles that color played in the society, politics, thought, art, and ritual practices of ancient and medieval East Asia." Deadline for online registration is March 1, 2013.

Face to face

After centuries - and a world-changing divorce - Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon are back together, at least in London’s National Portrait Gallery. The portrait of a young Henry VIII and a newly-restored portrait of Catherine, both from the 1520s, now hang together in the gallery. (photo)

[ATL] Ice Castle 2013

Once again the chill winds of winter are blowing through the mountains and valleys of Black Diamond and thoughts turn to friends, family, and times gone past. Join us once again for day full of revelry and warmth of company and fighting.

Which Catherine? Tudor Portrait Re-identified

Wearing the "wrong clothes" helped experts decide that the portrait wasn't of Henry VIII's last wife but was of his first.

PBS offers new series on Shakespeare

On January 25, 2013, PBS stations will premiere Shakespeare Uncovered, a six-part series to be shown on three consecutive Friday evenings. The series will take a multi-faceted look at several plays, and it will include live performance segments.

Tolkien-inspired "Hobbit House" graces Chester County, Pennsylvania

A devoted collector of J.R.R. Tolkien memorabilia, having spent thirty years accumulating a private collection, wanted an appropriate house to showcase the collection. Architect Peter Archer overcame surprising engineering challenges to bring the house to reality.

Own an early Bronzino for a mere US$18 million

On January 30, 2013, Christie’s Auction House will place on sale Agnolo Bronzino’s Portrait of a Young Man With a Book, "a relatively unknown panel depicting a man with a reddish beard in his 20s dressed in black, sitting at a table covered with green cloth." (photo)

Hidden Secrets of Tudor Portraits

Portraits of two Elizabethan courtiers, it seems, were painted over Catholic religious paintings.

Roman-era tartan?

A tiny piece of cloak depicted in a Roman statue may be the "the first-ever depiction of tartan". The plaid appears on a bronze statue of the Emperor Caracalla with a bound Caledonian warrior wearing what appears to be tartan trews. The statue was found in the Moroccan city of Volubilis. (video)

Public Catalogue Foundation publishes all publicly-owned British paintings

The Public Catalogue Foundation (PCF), together with the BBC, has created a web database of the United Kingdom’s entire collection of oil paintings in public ownership - all 211,861 of them! The works are available on the Your Paintings website.

Art historians staggered by loss from Italian earthquakes

During the past few months, medieval and renaissance art and architecture in Italy have taken a pounding from earthquakes which devasted the country's mountain towns, killing over 20 people and damaging or destroying more than 2000 historic churches and buildings.

University of Exeter app to bring Anglo-Saxon poetry to smart devices

Like Anglo Saxon poetry? The University of Exeter will soon have an app for that! An article for Phys.org writes, "The University of Exeter's Modern Languages department is working in collaboration with Antenna International to create the App which will reveal the secrets of medieval literature to a new audience."

Scottish farmhouse painting could be lost da Vinci

When cash-strapped Fiona McLaren took a family painting to an expert for evaluation, she was shocked to learn that the 23x28 inch (58x71 cm) piece might be an unknown work by Renaissance genius Leonardo da Vinci. (photo)

Africans in art of the Renaissance

With European exploration and expansion during the Renaissance came renewed ties with Africa. Such ties, as presented in art, are the focus of a new exhibit at the Walters Art Museum in New York City, Revealing the African Presence in Renaissance Europe.

Subject of Holbein painting identified

X-rays and infra-red photography used during conservation work on a portrait by Hans Holbein the Younger have identified the subject as Hans, a merchant working in London's steelyards, rather than the goldsmith Hans of Antwerp, the identity given to the man for over 400 years.

Star Wars illuminated

Fandom meets fantastic when artist Chey Chao used medieval illumination techniques to tell the story of Star Wars. The illuminations were created for a school project.

William Blackfox Award winners announced

TH Lady Ysabeau Tiercelin, Chronicler for the Society for Creative Anachronism, has announced the Annual William Blackfox Awards for A.S. XLVI. The Blackfox Awards recognized excellence in the field of newsletter production, writing and illustration.

Psychological profiling by the Vikings

Dr Tarrin Wills, from the Centre for Scandinavian Studies, believes that Vikings used their understanding of human psychology to "profile" possible trouble-makers. He recently presented his research at the British Science Festival.

Air New Zealand: the airline of Middle Earth

The folks at Air New Zealand prove their connection to Middle Earth and their sense of humor in a new safety video created to coincide with the release of the film The Hobbit.

Free Renaissance eBook

Once per month, the University of Chicago Press offers a free eBook download. The book for November 2012 is How to Do It: Guides to Good Living for Renaissance Italians by Rudolph M. Bell (c. 1999).

The passion of Elizabeth Dacre

Women were rarely recognized as poets in Tudor England, but the chance discovery of a love poem by Elizabeth Dacre to Sir Anthony Coke has given new insight into courtly love in Elizabeth I's time. Dr. Elaine Treharne of Stanford University discusses the poem in podcast for WAMC's Academic Minute.

Legos retell the Battle of Maldon

The happy combination of history and Legos returns with The Battle of Maldon, an animated version of the 10th century battle between Earl Byrhtnoth and Viking raiders. The film was created by David Waugh for DTG Productions.

Masculinity in the Middle Ages

Dr Pat Cullum and Dr Katherine Lewis of the University of Huddersfield are hoping to learn more about what it meant to be a man in the Middle Ages. To foster scholarship, the two professor have created a new network, called the Bishop's Eye.

EMERAUDE, a magazine for poetry and fiction, open for submissions

EMERAUDE (ISSN 2169-0952), a magazine for poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and art of interest to the Living History community, has reopened for submissions.

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight digital manuscript

Murray McGillivray of the Cotton Nero A.x. Project reports that 180 high resolution, color images from the British Library's MS Cotton Nero A.x are now available to view on the website of the University of Calgary Libraries and Cultural Resources. The manuscript includes the complete story of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.