The lost Holy Family

:: in November 23, 2017 :: in Blog :: 0 comments

The National Museum in Cracow preserves two pairs of altar-wings, which are the remains of the retable from Lusina. This retable was a pentaptych (altarpiece with two pairs of wings), created in Cracow at the beginning of the 16th century. Some of its panels were painted, but the main opening…

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“Hidden Mothers” in the old photographs

:: in November 9, 2017 :: in Blog :: 0 comments

Lately I had a pleasure to write a short text on “Victorian Post-Mortem Photography” (in Tygodnik Powszechny, in Polish), mainly focusing on confronting some popular (but erroneous) myths on this subject. No-one would really take a creepy picture of a corpse posed on a stand (those stands would not be…

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Autumn Lectures for Seniors

:: in October 22, 2017 :: in News :: 0 comments

In October, November and December 2017 I am having three lectures for Seniors at various Third Age Universities. The plan is following: On Monday October 23rd: a lecture on the Women in the Middle Ages at the Monday Senior’s Club in Wieliczka. On Monday November 20th:  a lecture on art, regional customs and…

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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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