Endless Battle

:: in March 6, 2014 :: in Blog :: 1 comment

The famous painting by Pieter Brueghel the Elder entitled “The Fight Between Carnival and Lent” is signed and dated (1559). It probably belonged to the collection of the Emperor Rudolf II, and in the 18th century it was moved from Vienna treasury to the gallery – today it is kept…

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Medieval style date

:: in February 14, 2014 :: in Blog :: 1 comment

There is a netherlandish illuminated manuscript, which dates back to ca 1470 and is kept in Staatsbibliothek in Berlin. It was lavishly decorated for Anthony, The Great Bastard of Burgundy, who was a natural son of Philip III, Duke of Burgundy. There is a very interesting miniature on folio 244…

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It’s time to wear a mask

:: in February 1, 2014 :: in Blog :: 0 comments

In Europe, the Carnival is associated mainly with Venice, and the Venetian carnival associates with the masks. As we are now in the meddle of the carnival, we might look into this issue. It is not entirely clear what the source of the word “carnival” is. It might come from…

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Precious Bones

:: in January 20, 2014 :: in Blog :: 1 comment

There is a beautiful city in Moravia, called Znojmo, and there is a beautiful church in the middle of it – a church of Saint Nicolas. And inside that church you will see a glass coffin with the beautifully dressed skeleton. He is described as Saint Bonifacius the Martyr, but…

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