Taming of the devil

:: in December 29, 2018 :: in Blog :: 0 comments

One of the most beautiful places in Moravia (or perhaps in the Czech Republic all together) is Telč; a city with the Old Town listed at the UNESCO World Heritage List. One may find there amazing renaissance houses, old churches and a beautiful castle, and I definitively recommend you visiting…

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“…with the moon under her feet”

:: in December 15, 2018 :: in Blog :: 0 comments

In my last post I have published a drawing depicting Bishop Zbigniew Oleśnicki venerating Madonna with Child (post is available HERE) and perhaps some of you noticed a small detail: apparently Virgin has a crescent Moon under her feet! That motif was very popular in late-medieval art and also later,…

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Unique gothic drawing from Cracow

:: in November 30, 2018 :: in Blog :: 0 comments

In the Archives of the Cracow Cathedral Chapter there is a manuscript Liber Privilegiorum no 2, containing an ink votive drawing: the oldest survived work of art of that kind in Poland. The drawing depicts a donor, which is Cracow Bishop and the firs Polish cardinal, Zbigniew Oleśnicki (1389-1455), worshiping…

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Hairy Mary – one more time.

:: in November 10, 2018 :: in Blog :: 0 comments

A long time ago (over four years ago!) I wrote a post on the depictions of hirsute Mary Magdalene (available HERE). In the late middle ages artists often depicted Magdalene in the wildness, being lifted up by the angels, while her whole body is covered with hair. Back then I…

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