How to catch a unicorn

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

Some time ago I wrote o post on several animals described in medieval bestiaries (available HERE), and now I would like to get back to that subject. Today I will focus on one particular beast: a unicorn. A unicorn was a mythical creature quite often depicted in medieval art. It…

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The famous Lady

:: in December 18, 2016 :: in Blog :: 0 comments

Today I would like to focus on one of the most famous masterpieces of Polish collections: The Lady with an Ermine (ca. 1490). The painting, by Leonardo da Vinci, is usually interpreted as a portrait of Cecilia Gallerani, who was a mistress of Ludovico Sforza, duke of Milan. This interpretation…

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Marvellous bestiaries

:: in March 6, 2016 :: in Blog :: 0 comments

The users of the Internet love animals – especially cats, but not exclusively. Today I invite you to have a look at the subject of the animals in the illuminated manuscripts. Medieval books describing animals were called Bestiaries – they were created often as compilations of ancient and medieval texts…

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People and animals

:: in September 4, 2015 :: in Blog :: 0 comments

Lately I have had a pleasure to work on the old prints of the collection of Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences, which are being digitalised and appear in the on-line service PAUart (www.pauart.pl). The collection contains, among others, numerous prints and copies after the prints by Albrecht Dürer. Today…

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Medieval version of ancient submarine

:: in March 21, 2014 :: in Blog :: 0 comments

Today we will focus on the miniature from the medieval manuscript. We tend to think that the medieval books were usually religious: the Bibles, the Books of Prayers, the Psalters… meanwhile, the medieval secular culture was actually very rich and obviously there were many non-religious books, containing the poems and…

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