Fine Arts

Painting, sculpture, and similar forms of artistic expression.

The literary origin of ‘Syphilis’

For centuries, people have dreaded the diagnosis of the STD Syphilis, but where did the name originate? Acording the the website Science Friday, Syphilus was the name of the hero of a epic poem written by Hieronymus Fracastorius in 1530.

Shakespeare: The most influential person who ever lived

Stephen Marche believes William Shakespeare is the most influential man in history, showing up in the most obvious - and unexpected - places.

A poem for the inner knight

The Library of Congress has created the Poetry 180: A Poem a Day for American High Schools website which includes an entry entitled "Once upon a Time There Was a Man" by Mac Hammond. The poem may touch the hearts of the inner knight in all of us.

Pennsic Independent seeks works for review

Ursula the Widow, Reviews Editor for the Pennsic Independent, is seeking SCA-related works of art and literature for review in the Pennsic paper.

Douglas Adams does Genghis Khan

Medievalists, Mongols and fans of writer Douglas Adams will be delighted to discover the short story The Private Life of Genghis Khan, which is available on Adams' website. PG-13 (language)

Diana Gabaldon reviews "Elizabeth I"

Author of the Outlander series, Diana Gabaldon, recently reviewed Elizabeth I by Margaret George. The review was published in the Washington Post.

Tournaments Illuminated editor seeks articles

Riordan MacGregor, the new editor of Tournaments Illuminated, is seeking articles for the SCA's magazine.

Decadent Publishing discounting SCA-related novel in honor of Midrealm Crown Tournament

Decadent Publishing, which publishes the fictional SCA romance novel Tender is the Knight, is offering discounts on ebook and trade paperback editions of the novel from now through Memorial Day 2011 in honor of Midrealm Spring Crown Tournament, taking place at the Drawbridge Hotel in Erlanger, KY.

Exhumation of Mona Lisa planned

"We can put an end to a centuries-old dispute and also understand Leonardo's relations to his models," said art historian Silvano Vinceti, who plans to exhume the body of Lisa Gherardini, believed to have been the model for da Vinci's famous painting.

Medieval art forum in Germany, September 2011

A open colloquium to discuss medieval art will offer researchers of many fields the opportunity to discuss their ideas. From September 21 to 24, 2011, the first Forum Medieval Art will take place in Halberstadt, Germany.

Calling all Scottish brides!

Planning a Celtic wedding? Want to honor your Scottish heritage? You will want to consider a truly appropriate topper for your wedding cake!

Valhalla, the unattainable

In this fanciful, animated film, an old Viking warrior looks forward to eternity in Valhalla, but discovers that dying honorably in battle isn't as easily accomplished as he hoped.

Students tweet Chaucer

Users of Twitter may wish to follow students from LMU's English 433 class as they tell stories on the way to Canterbury!

SCA author publishes fantasy novel

Douglas Hulick (Master Simon Morcar of the Kingdom of Northshield) has published his debut fantasy novel Among Thieves, a Tale of the Kin.

Henry VIII is a doll!

Tudor parents and children will want to take a look at a charming set of felt dolls depicting the Court of King Henry VIII. The dolls were created by Deriana, and photos are posted on her Live Journal page. (photos)

Forget Denmark! Hamlet's name was Irish!

Researchers have long traced the roots of Shakespeare's Hamlet, Prince of Denmark to Amlethus in the History of the Danes, written around 1200, but a new study traces the name back even further, to 8th or 9th century Ireland.

"Magically gorgeous objects:" beginning of modern art

Understanding the medieval mindset that placed magical value on sacred objects, such as relics and talismans, may be difficult for the modern public, but no one can dispute the beauty of such works of art. (photos)

I do not like virent ova, virent perna!

Want your 10-year-old to really impress her teacher? Have her quote from Winne Ille Pu. Just one of several children's classics that have been translated into Latin.

Elizabethan theaters and the Internet

In an opinion piece for the New York Times, Scott Turow, Paul Aiken and James Shapiro ponder the connection between “cultural paywalls,” public playhouses, and the free sharing of creative content on the Internet.

16th-century painting found at garage sale

20 years ago, Frederick Wright bought a painting at a garage sale in Indiana because it reminded him of a character in the British sitcom "Are You Being Served?" He has since found out that the portrait is a French oil painting that dates to 1573.

Children's author Brian Jacques dies in England

The animal residents of Redwall Abbey are in mourning over the death of their creator, Brian Jacques, who died of a heart attack in Liverpool, England at the age of 71. Jacques wrote 21 novels in the Redwall series.

Putting a literary foot forward

Knitters looking for a cool project - or readers looking for warm feet - will want to take a look at a sock pattern by Gryphon Perkins featuring "a reproduction of the introductory text in the oldest surviving manuscript of Beowulf." (photo)

Russian icons at Boston museum

Lady Zabava reports that the Museum of Russian Icons in Clinton, Massachusetts will present a "stunning, major exhibition of 37 paintings and artifacts from Moscow’s Andrey Rublev Museum—most never shown before in the U.S—" from now until July 25, 2011.

14th century tales of Jean Froissart online

Steve Muhlberger (Duke Finvarr de Taahe of the Kingdom of Ealdormere) of the Department of History at Nipissing University has posted several tales, in English, written by Jean Froissart in the 14th century. The stories, which include romance, poetry and history, were aimed at an aristocratic audience.

Stirling Heads returned to castle ceiling

Copies of the famous Stirling Castle heads have been returned to their rightful place on the ceiling of the King's Inner Hall. A slideshow of the newly carved and painted heads is available on the BBC website. (photos)

Town of Bobbio may help redefine Mona Lisa

Research by Carla Glori seems to point to the norhtern Italian town of Bobbio as the backdrop for Leonard da Vinci's painting of Mona Lisa. Glori also believes that Bianca Giovanna Sforza is the real subject of the painting.

Modern illumination

In recent years, it has become the vogue to learn calligraphy for special occasions. Now the medieval artform of illumination may also see a modern revival. (photos)

Objets d'Art documented at the Art Institute of Chicago

In October 2010, Rohesia Anven of Thessalonica, from the Kingdom of Atlantia, visited the Art Institute of Chicago and documented many of the museum's period objects in an amazing collection of photographs. Her album is available on Picasaweb.

Pieta model found in moldy box?

Most people would not have given a second look to the junk in a moldy box in an antique shop, certainly not a small terracotta statue covered in paint and scotch tape. But an Italian art collector did look a second time and may have discovered the model for Michelangelo's Pieta. (photos)

French manuscripts at Getty Center through January 2011

Now through February 6, 2011, the Getty Center will offer visitors a trip to France's medieval past by hosting Imagining the Past in France, 1250–1500, a manuscript exhibition describing "how these lavish books contributed to the development of French art and the French nation."