St. Luke is drawing the Virgin

:: in May 27, 2017 :: in Blog :: 0 comments

In 2016 the Bowes Museum (Barnard Castle, County Durham, UK) acquired an early-Netherlandish painting of St. Luke drawing the Virgin and Child. It is attributed to the workshop of Dirk Bouts, one of the most important Netherlandish painters of the 15th century. It was probably not completed by the Master…

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Our Lady of the Baton

:: in September 27, 2016 :: in Blog :: 0 comments

The exhibition “Maria Mater Misericordiae” (in the National Museum in Cracow) is almost finished. It collected various depictions of the Virgin Mary, portraying her in many different roles: as a tender mother, as a beautiful woman, as Co-Redemptrix suffering with her crucified son… and also we may find there some…

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Holy Milk!

:: in July 3, 2016 :: in Blog :: 0 comments

Some time ago I have written about the depictions of Nursing Madonna (see the post HERE), and now I would like to elaborate on this subject. As it happens, Madonna nursed not only her Child, as we sometimes may find out in the paintings that she nurses somebody else. And…

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Touching Middle Ages

:: in January 30, 2015 :: in Blog :: 0 comments

Middle Ages is often considered a pious epoch, although it was in fact often quite “carnal”. Today I would like to focus on particular depictions that theoretically should not be ambiguous: I am thinking here about the images of Virgin with Child. Surprisingly it is possible to find some examples…

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Thoughtful angels and sad Madonna

:: in June 29, 2014 :: in Blog :: 0 comments

The two angels looking up is one of the most popular motifs of an old masters’ art, present in nowadays’ pop-culture. Everyone has seen those angels – and some people even know the rest of the painting. It is a Sistine Madonna, painted by Raphael. Have you ever had a…

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