Career of little people in past centuries

:: in November 25, 2019 :: in Blog :: 0 comments

Recently I’ve had a pleasure to attend a conference in Ostrava, entitled: “Visualizing the Other in Late Medieval and Early Modern Art (1300–1550)”, so today I decided to write about otherness… in size. Not only in the Middle Ages. But, of course, I will start with something medieval, as I…

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“…with the moon under her feet”

:: in December 15, 2018 :: in Blog :: 0 comments

In my last post I have published a drawing depicting Bishop Zbigniew Oleśnicki venerating Madonna with Child (post is available HERE) and perhaps some of you noticed a small detail: apparently Virgin has a crescent Moon under her feet! That motif was very popular in late-medieval art and also later,…

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Medieval childhood

:: in August 6, 2018 :: in Blog :: 0 comments

Scholars researching everyday life of the Middle Ages often use iconographic sources, that is paintings, miniatures, drawings and woodcuts. Although many of them depict religious scenes, we may find a lot of everyday objects placed in them; including items related to medieval childhood and nursery. Childhood in medieval art was…

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Put your heads together

:: in January 5, 2018 :: in Blog :: 0 comments

It seems to be a good idea to start New Year with a page from a calendar; let’s take a look at a certain interesting motif which appeared in medieval calendar pages dedicated to January. Medieval books of prayers, psalters and books of hours, started with calendar, which included a list…

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“Hidden Mothers” in the old photographs

:: in November 9, 2017 :: in Blog :: 2 comments

Lately I had a pleasure to write a short text on “Victorian Post-Mortem Photography” (in Tygodnik Powszechny, in Polish), mainly focusing on confronting some popular (but erroneous) myths on this subject. No-one would really take a creepy picture of a corpse posed on a stand (those stands would not be…

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