Cupid’s piss

:: in April 5, 2021 :: in Blog :: 4 comments

For some time I have been writing for Polish journal “Urologists’ Digest”, and somehow I started to pay attention to urine-related motifs in art and visual culture. And guess what – there’s lots of it! It is definitively a subject for more than one post on a blog. In his…

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Medieval spanking game

:: in February 28, 2021 :: in Blog :: 0 comments

Lately I have came across a PhD thesis submitted by Christopher Thomas John Wilson to the University of Exeter in 2012, entitled „The dissemination of visions of the otherworld in England and northern France c.1150-c.1321”. But this post is not going to be about medieval ideas about afterlife; instead, I…

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Let’s not drink too much wine

:: in January 2, 2021 :: in Blog :: 0 comments

Every year around New Year’s Eve in my social media certain late-medieval miniatures goes viral: they depict a young man who most likely drank too much alcohol. However popular the depiction may be, most of people sharing and forwarding this image have no idea where it comes from. It is…

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Frustration of St Joseph

:: in December 18, 2020 :: in Blog :: 0 comments

Book of Hours of Catherine de Clèves (van Kleef) is the most richly decorated 15th c. Netherlandish book of prayers. It was created in Utrecht after 1434 and is in The Morgan Library & Museum (MS M.917/945). I have previously written about its miniatures decorating Monday prayers for the Purgatory…

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Medieval… jewelry?

:: in March 8, 2020 :: in Blog :: 0 comments

My previous post (available HERE, unsuitable for underage readers) was about an erotic book dating back to the 17th century. Its frontispiece has been decorated with a print depicting vendor of phalluses. Naturally, as I like to say, everything already happened in the Middle Ages! Also this Early-Modern print has…

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