do not hurt a fly

:: in October 19, 2017 :: in Blog :: 0 comments

However strange that may sound, the fact is that at the dawn of Renaissance the artists had a strange habit of painting… flies! Both in Italy and in the Northern Europe we may find various examples of a trompe-l’œil depictions of a fly. In most cases it is assumed that it…

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Details from behind

:: in September 26, 2017 :: in Blog :: 0 comments

For a good start of the Autumn and a new academic year, I decided to write abut some very interesting aspects of mixing sacrum and profanum in the medieval art. I would like to focus on the decorations of the cathedral in Bourges: to be precise, I would like to…

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Virgin with Wild Strawberry

:: in September 1, 2017 :: in Blog :: 0 comments

There is an amazing painting of Virgin with Child from Holy Cross Church in Żywiec (nowadays in City Museum there, as a deposit from parish Church of Our Lady in Żywiec), which has recently been displayed on a temporary exhibition in the National Museum in Cracow. It is one of…

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Do not touch, you may loose your hand!

:: in August 11, 2017 :: in Blog :: 0 comments

On August 15th Roman Catholic Church celebrates feast of Assumption of Virgin Mary, as Jesus’ mother was supposed to be taken to Heaven at the end of her earthly life: her body and soul together. It should be noted though that the dogma about Assumption was officially announced by the…

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The Guide Dog

:: in July 25, 2017 :: in Blog :: 0 comments

Saint Christopher is one of the most popular patrons; of course, everybody knows a Chris. Interestingly, it is a purely legendary saint; it even seems that his name derived from his legend. Christóforos means “Christ-bearer”, and that is how St. Christopher was depicted: as a man holding Christ-Child on his arm…

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