Cleaning Up the Dirty Middle Ages

:: in November 27, 2023 :: in Blog :: 2 comments

One of the most irritating misconceptions about the Middle Ages is that people back then bathed once a year or so – it is a myth I keep fighting. I am very happy to say that recently my article on this subject has been published by JSTOR Daily (available HERE)….

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A stolen painting returned to York Art Gallery!

:: in July 9, 2023 :: in Blog :: 0 comments

A few years ago I wrote on my blog about two late-Gothic panels from the workshop of Hans Pleydenwurff, that I researched during my stay at York Art Gallery. Those are the posts: http://en.posztukiwania.pl/2020/04/14/late-gothic-panels-in-york-art-gallery-part-1/ http://en.posztukiwania.pl/2020/05/02/late-gothic-panels-in-york-art-gallery-part-2/ Unfortunately, as I wrote, one of the panels was stolen in 1979. It was on…

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Medieval female self-portraits

:: in December 18, 2022 :: in Blog :: 1 comment

I have a feeling that lately a fashionable topic became (lack of) women among Old Masters of art. It is undoubtedly true that the most famous Old Masters are male, and that in past centuries women had much more limited options when it comes to making any career. It is…

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Us and the War

:: in March 26, 2022 :: in Blog :: 4 comments

I am not a fan of modern art, but there are certain artworks – even the ones dating back to the 20th century – that I really like. One of them is undoubtedly “Us and the War” (or “The War and Us”) by Edward Okuń (National Museum in Warsaw). Okuń…

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Sudden attack of Cupid

:: in August 31, 2021 :: in Blog :: 0 comments

I am well aware that recently I have not been posting often enough – I won’t lie to you, it is because I have been very busy lately. In August I had to prepare all the materials for the online lectures in English that I am about to have next…

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