Transsexualism?

:: in August 10, 2020 :: in Blog :: 0 comments

One of the most surprising ancient sculptures in the collection of Louvre in Paris is probably Sleeping Hermaphroditus – it is a Roman marble statue, and a copy after lost bronze Hellenistic Greek sculpture (dating back to mid-second century B.C., mentioned by Pliny the Elder in his “Natural History”). It…

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Medieval… jewelry?

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

My previous post (available HERE, unsuitable for underage readers) was about an erotic book dating back to the 17th century. Its frontispiece has been decorated with a print depicting vendor of phalluses. Naturally, as I like to say, everything already happened in the Middle Ages! Also this Early-Modern print has…

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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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Bastard the Conqueror

:: in December 13, 2019 :: in Blog :: 2 comments

It is a known fact that the most popular movies and TV series significantly increase tourism in filming locations; a recent and spectacular example is “Game of Thrones”, filmed (and produced) largely in Belfast, but also – among others – in Croatia, in Spain, Island or Malta. Touristic traffic in…

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Molested Christ

:: in November 7, 2019 :: in Blog :: 0 comments

Recently I have been studying iconography of St Mary Magdalene, so this post starts with her. After his resurrection, Christ appeared to Magdalene and that scene is called Noli me tangere (earlier I wrote about this scene HERE). Those are words he said to her – nowadays it is translated…

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