News from the Blogosphere

Now, the first piece of news (in case you have been wondering) is: I aten’t dead! One wouldn’t be amiss, however, to describe my current state as zombie-like, what with me working way too much and sleeping far too little in the past couple of months… Anyway, next week I will be at International Medieval Congress in Leeds (where, for those of you who might be interested, there will be a bloggers’ meetup on Monday), but after that I hope that things here will be slightly more relaxed again and that I will get round to finally writing up some of those blog posts that I have already lined up as rough drafts…

All lined up and ready: Soon these three Roman gentlemen will make their appearance on this blog. Yes, you read right, Romans…

In the meantime, let me point you to some other fine blogs out there. Over the last few months some really great new medievalist and/or art historical blogs have seen the light of the internet, and I believe you might find them interesting as well.

Let me begin with what I think is the newest blog on the list: John Harvey: Blog – Directions in Image, Sound, and Word. The name, in this case, really says it all. The blog is written by John Harvey who is Professor of Art at the School of Art at Aberystwyth University but also a sound artist in his own right. In his research as well as in his artistic practice he deals with the interplay between the visual and the aural, and unsurprisingly this absolutely fascinating subject area – which art historians have only just begun to discover – is also the focus of his blog.

Slightly more traditional in its approach but equally fascinating is Hungarian Art History, a blog written by Budapest-based art historian Nóra Veszprémi. Her subject matter is mostly 19th century Hungarian painting which, at first glance, may seem a bit too particular to appeal to readers outside of Hungary or, say, Central Europe. Once you begin to read, though, you soon realise that the topics she treats are actually quite universal (e.g. the Gothic or Exoticism) and that she examines Hungarian art in a wider trans-European context, so in spite of its regional focus this blog really should appeal to anyone with an interest in 19th century art and culture.

Speaking of the 19th century: Next on my list of new blogs is Stained Glass Attitudes, authored by James Alexander Cameron who is a PhD student at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London where he is writing his thesis on sedilia in medieval English parish churches. While sedilia do occasionally turn up on the blog, most of the posts consist of highly entertaining accounts of the author’s often surprisingly adventurous expeditions to churches in London and beyond. And while the blog frequently features art and architecture of the Middle Ages, there also is a large percentage of Gothic Revival churches from the Victorian era, furnished with lots and lots of 19th and 20th century stained glass windows…

Just to break up the stream of text a bit, here’s another image, vaguely related to the content of the post: 14th century sedilia in St. Michael’s Church, Vienna

Blog posts dealing with London and its medieval heritage are also a regular feature on Medieval Bex. Its author is Bex Lyons is a PhD student in medieval literature at the University of York, and accordingly both reflections on the life as a PhD student and discussions of medieval, especially Arthurian literature make up much of the blog’s content.

While Medieval Bex has actually been around for almost a year by now, the next blog on my list is once again a brand new one: Medieval Art in Sweden does exactly what its name says, it brings discussions, news and reviews about, well, medieval art in Sweden as well as, naturally, updates about the activity of its author, Dr. Alexandra Fried. (And, on a side note, let me add that I learned about this blog via Ellie Pridgeon who runs a highly informative blog on Medieval Wall Paintings, focussing mostly on material from Britain – yet another blog that definitely merits the attention of all those with an interest in medieval painting and/or medieval Britain.)

Finally, I’d like to conclude this list by pointing out that a few months ago I myself have actually started a new, additional blog as well. Blatantly ripped off from losely inspired by Philip Wilkinson’s excellent English Buildings blog, it is called Baudenkmäler in Österreich (Buildings in Austria), and buildings, in this case, means pretty much everything from farmhouses to hot dog stands. I haven’t mentioned it here before because a) its focus really is so regional and the buildings it deals with are so low-key that I don’t believe it is of much interest to anyone outside of Austria, and b) because it is written in German (partly because it’s mainly aimed at a regional audience, partly because I write faster in German than in English, and I simply don’t have the time to write another blog in English). There is, however, a very brief English summary at the end of each post, so that international readers can get at least some idea of what they’re looking at. So, well, since I am already posting about new blogs anyway, I thought I’d include it here as well…

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4 Responses to News from the Blogosphere

  1. jcameronuk says:

    Thank you for considering me a worthy part of the “blogosphere” (wherever that is), Christian! I promise my next post will be very medieval and contain very little nineteenth century stained glass. Also those St Stephen’s ones are going in my “foreign sedilia” database.

    • You’re welcome, James! Also, let me emphasise that I do have a penchant for 19th century art, so regarding those Victorian stained glass windows: just keep ’em coming ;-)

    • P.S.: Those sedilia aren’t from St. Stephen’s but from St. Michael’s, Vienna’s other medieval parish church. Yes, there is another one – maybe I ought to do a post about it sometime…

  2. Pingback: Another great new blog… | L'Historien Errant

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