Men that could not be seduced

:: in February 7, 2021 :: in Blog :: 0 comments

There are certain subjects that repeatedly appeared in European art throughout the centuries: the most popular were mythological or biblical ones. Among the latter, especially in the Old Testament, we have quite lot referring to the stormy relations between men and women. Those topics were very popular among artists of…

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Trumpet at rear end

:: in January 26, 2021 :: in Blog :: 2 comments

Some time ago I have written about “a butt song from Hell”, noted on backside of one of the damned in Hell, in Hieronymus Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights (post available HERE). Today I decided to get back to the musical motif in reference to… buttocks. As it happens, there…

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Open lecture on-line (in Polish)

:: in January 19, 2021 :: in News :: 0 comments

The Museum of the City of Cracow organises a cycle in the branch “Rynek Underground” dedicated to the four elements, starting two years ago from the motif of water. Last year’s edition was dedicated to fire and current one focuses on the air. Among events, workshops and lectures in this…

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Let’s not drink too much wine

:: in January 2, 2021 :: in Blog :: 0 comments

Every year around New Year’s Eve in my social media certain late-medieval miniatures goes viral: they depict a young man who most likely drank too much alcohol. However popular the depiction may be, most of people sharing and forwarding this image have no idea where it comes from. It is…

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Frustration of St Joseph

:: in December 18, 2020 :: in Blog :: 0 comments

Book of Hours of Catherine de Clèves (van Kleef) is the most richly decorated 15th c. Netherlandish book of prayers. It was created in Utrecht after 1434 and is in The Morgan Library & Museum (MS M.917/945). I have previously written about its miniatures decorating Monday prayers for the Purgatory…

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