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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Did Michelangelo forge Laocoön?

:: in May 14, 2017 :: in Blog :: 1 comment

The Laocoön Group is one of the most famous ancient sculptures, depicting mythical Laocoön and his sons being killed by the snakes. The statue was discovered in Rome in 1506 – it was unearthed in the vineyard of certain Felice De Fredis. Immediately Giuliano da Sangallo was called to the site…

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Waiting for the Sun

:: in December 21, 2015 :: in Blog :: 0 comments

December 25th is the day when the Christians celebrate Nativity of Jesus – however there are no sources that would prove Christ indeed was born on that particular day. The decision about establishing Christmas on December 25th was carefully considered by the Early-Christian Church, and it was accepted as late…

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Ancient pleasures

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

[This post is unsuitable for people under 18.] We have so called Dog Days now – it’s hot, it’s lazy time, it’s holiday time! The nights are to warm to sleep, we’d rather do something else instead, often naughty. And that did not change since the Antiquity. Pompeii was an…

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