Unique gothic drawing from Cracow

:: in November 30, 2018 :: in Blog :: 0 comments

In the Archives of the Cracow Cathedral Chapter there is a manuscript Liber Privilegiorum no 2, containing an ink votive drawing: the oldest survived work of art of that kind in Poland. The drawing depicts a donor, which is Cracow Bishop and the firs Polish cardinal, Zbigniew Oleśnicki (1389-1455), worshiping…

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A coffin for a finger

:: in August 20, 2018 :: in Blog :: 0 comments

Dalmatia (Croatia) is a popular holiday destination and lots of people every Summer visit Zadar. While they are in that city, they may go to visit St Simeon church, where they may find a very interesting medieval chest. It contains the relics of Simeon – but it is not St…

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Gay couple in medieval manuscript?

:: in July 14, 2018 :: in Blog :: 0 comments

In my previous post on “Roman de la Rose” I mentioned two illuminated manuscripts kept in the Polish libraries and available in the service Polona.pl. The Warsaw manuscript is a typical French production of the late 14th century, but the one now in Cracow is actually quite weird and problematic…

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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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A Mysterious Crucifix

:: in July 6, 2017 :: in Blog :: 2 comments

One of the oldest Churches in Cracow is Salvator Church, which gave its name to the whole neighbourhood. Inside one may find a retable with rather a surprising painting: it depicts crucified Christ dressed in a long robe, droping his golden shoe towards a fiddler playing by the cross. The…

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