Our Lady of the Baton

:: in September 27, 2016 :: in Blog :: 0 comments

The exhibition “Maria Mater Misericordiae” (in the National Museum in Cracow) is almost finished. It collected various depictions of the Virgin Mary, portraying her in many different roles: as a tender mother, as a beautiful woman, as Co-Redemptrix suffering with her crucified son… and also we may find there some…

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Venus and wine

:: in September 11, 2016 :: in Blog :: 0 comments

And so it’s September again, that is the time of the grape harvest. I will again write about wine in art, but this time it will not be related to the Biblical stories (previously I wrote about Noah and Lot). Today I am going to focus on the ancient mythology…

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Illustrated Bible (not) for children

:: in August 2, 2016 :: in Blog :: 0 comments

There was a very interesting article published recently (by dr. Deborah Ellen Thorpe) about the children’s drawings found on the margins of a 14th century manuscript. That raised a question of the relations between children and medieval manuscripts. It seems that the books in the Middle Ages were too expensive…

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They wanted to be trodden on

:: in July 18, 2016 :: in Blog :: 0 comments

Not many many Romanesque pieces of art survived in Poland, but there are a few and some of them are quite unique. An extraordinary one is for example so called Slab of Orants from the Collegiate church in Wiślica. It is a plaster floor, decorated with engraved drawing filled with…

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Holy Milk!

:: in July 3, 2016 :: in Blog :: 0 comments

Some time ago I have written about the depictions of Nursing Madonna (see the post HERE), and now I would like to elaborate on this subject. As it happens, Madonna nursed not only her Child, as we sometimes may find out in the paintings that she nurses somebody else. And…

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