St Benedict growing tree in his belly

:: in November 16, 2020 :: in Blog :: 0 comments

In Central Europe, churches’ furniture dating back to the 17th and 18th centuries may often be a source of very interesting curiosities. For example, let’s take a look at pulpits: they sometimes had extremely weird shapes, as well as complex theological meaning. Some time ago I wrote about whale-shaped pulpits…

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Homo bulla

:: in October 26, 2020 :: in Blog :: 0 comments

One of the oldest children’s plays is making soap bubbles – soap was produced already in the antiquity. In European art soap bubbles appear mainly in Early-Modern times; however, late medieval manuscripts provide proves that soap bubbles appeared also in the medieval courtly culture. Check out this monkey on a…

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Internet query

:: in September 29, 2020 :: in Blog :: 0 comments

Today I would like to tell you about my on-line work in the times of pandemics, when I am supposed to write an article about a painting on a few days notice. The text was supposed to have been about “Madonna under the Firs” by Lucas Cranach the Elder, commissioned…

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Forgotten painter

:: in September 6, 2020 :: in Blog :: 0 comments

Once again, at least virtually, I am coming back to York today, to tell you about certain Early-modern painting that stole my medievalist’s heart. Working in a project National Inventory of Continental European Paintings, I found in collection of York Art Gallery a beautiful portrait of a young woman. It…

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Indecent old print

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

[This post is unsuitable for underage readers] During calligraphy workshops called ABC of a Scribe (run in Atelier Landowska & Bodziony in Cracow) I have lectures on medieval paleography (about scripts) and codicology (about books). The last lecture of this series gets to the issue of incunabula and Early Modern…

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