Mysterious MM monogram

:: in May 6, 2024 :: in Blog :: 0 comments

One of my favourite historical characters – also in reference to survived artworks – is Polish Queen Hedwig of Anjou (Jadwiga of Poland). According to the legend, a figure of crucified Christ from Wawel Cathedral spoke to her once (I wrote about it in THIS post) – she was a…

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What a horse is like, anyone can see

:: in January 21, 2024 :: in Blog :: 0 comments

Polish Netflix has recently produced widely acclaimed comedy series entitled “1670”, satirically presenting contemporary Polish society in historical costume of the seventeenth century (trailer in English is available HERE). Opening, however, is a compilation of artworks that do not date back to the 17th century, but have been taken from…

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Cleaning Up the Dirty Middle Ages

:: in November 27, 2023 :: in Blog :: 2 comments

One of the most irritating misconceptions about the Middle Ages is that people back then bathed once a year or so – it is a myth I keep fighting. I am very happy to say that recently my article on this subject has been published by JSTOR Daily (available HERE)….

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Stone Christ that spoke

:: in October 14, 2023 :: in Blog :: 2 comments

St Mary’s Basilica in Cracow is probably known all over the world for its magnificent late gothic carved main altarpiece – a masterpiece by Veit Stoss, completed in 1477-1489. It has been restored lately and the restoration project was granted European Heritage Award / Europa Nostra Award 2023. Meanwhile, in…

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Not only Manneken Pis

:: in August 9, 2023 :: in Blog :: 0 comments

Manneken Pis is a symbol of Brussels, but I will start this post with a fountain from another place. One of my favourite cities in Europe is Prague: full of wonderful places perfect for walking around, resting and admiring artworks. Surely one of such places is Wallenstein Garden (Valdštejnská zahrada)…

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