“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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Did Michelangelo forge Laocoön?

:: in May 14, 2017 :: in Blog :: 1 comment

The Laocoön Group is one of the most famous ancient sculptures, depicting mythical Laocoön and his sons being killed by the snakes. The statue was discovered in Rome in 1506 – it was unearthed in the vineyard of certain Felice De Fredis. Immediately Giuliano da Sangallo was called to the site…

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The Legend of renaissance Florence

:: in February 23, 2017 :: in Blog :: 0 comments

The Old Masters often had their individual types of female beauties: perhaps muses or mistresses, who were the models for their Madonnas, Venuses or Dianas. Usually when we see particular type of female face repeated in many paintings of one artist, we tend to assume that it may be a…

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the Lantern of the Dead

:: in October 30, 2016 :: in Blog :: 0 comments

There is a very interesting monument by St Nicholas church in Cracow (Kopernika Street): it looks like a stone pole and many people pass by it not knowing what it actually is. In fact, it is a medieval Lantern of the Dead! Previously there were holes at the top of…

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Illustrated Bible (not) for children

:: in August 2, 2016 :: in Blog :: 0 comments

There was a very interesting article published recently (by dr. Deborah Ellen Thorpe) about the children’s drawings found on the margins of a 14th century manuscript. That raised a question of the relations between children and medieval manuscripts. It seems that the books in the Middle Ages were too expensive…

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