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 ( 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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A living mousetrap

:: in February 7, 2014 :: in Blog :: 0 comments

There was a brand new art born in Netherlands in 15th century – the new style of painting, so called “ars nova”. It was famous for illusionistic effects and incredible precision of depicting everyday objects. Some scholars say that 15th century netherlandish painting is “a mirror of its times”, which…

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Knight and snail

:: in January 9, 2014 :: in Blog :: 4 comments

The margins of medieval manuscripts are fascinating and I will surely get back to this topic many times. Because those margins are full of very interesting things: notes, but most of all crazy pictures: funny, weird or disturbing… One of the most interesting motives is a fight between a knight…

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