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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Men that could not be seduced

:: in February 7, 2021 :: in Blog :: 0 comments

There are certain subjects that repeatedly appeared in European art throughout the centuries: the most popular were mythological or biblical ones. Among the latter, especially in the Old Testament, we have quite lot referring to the stormy relations between men and women. Those topics were very popular among artists of…

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Trumpet at rear end

:: in January 26, 2021 :: in Blog :: 2 comments

Some time ago I have written about “a butt song from Hell”, noted on backside of one of the damned in Hell, in Hieronymus Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights (post available HERE). Today I decided to get back to the musical motif in reference to… buttocks. As it happens, there…

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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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