Syriac treasure

:: in March 31, 2018 :: in Blog :: 0 comments

Every art historian working on illuminated manuscripts can list a few books that are important marks on the timeline of medieval manuscripts’ history. One of such examples, at least until recently, has been so called Rabbula Gospels (Florence, Bibliotheca Laurenziana). Apparently even the most famous work of art may turn…

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Do not mess with a Hungarian girl

:: in March 1, 2018 :: in Blog :: 1 comment

Today I would like to tell you about an interesting motif of Hungarian art, however it is about a Saint who also had strong connections with Poland. That saint is St Ladislaus, who is actually almost absent in Polish art, in spite of being a patron saint of several Polish kings. Moreover,…

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Nobody likes Mondays

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

Those who read my texts or attend my lectures know that I often say: “well, everything already happened in the Middle Ages!” This time I will tell you about medieval dislike towards Mondays. Apparently already in the Middle Ages nobody liked Mondays, and it was especially true for the souls…

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Put your heads together

:: in January 5, 2018 :: in Blog :: 0 comments

It seems to be a good idea to start New Year with a page from a calendar; let’s take a look at a certain interesting motif which appeared in medieval calendar pages dedicated to January. Medieval books of prayers, psalters and books of hours, started with calendar, which included a list…

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Riding the Philosopher

:: in December 17, 2017 :: in Blog :: 0 comments

The choir of the Our Lady church in Cracow is decorated with sculpted consoles, but unfortunately they are barely visible, being placed very high, just below the church’s roof. But if we use binoculars we may see how interesting this gothic decoration is; and among those sculptures we can spot…

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