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Advent Calendar – Door 20: The Portal Reial in Poblet

The Portal Reial, Monestir de Poblet via Wikimedia Commons, by PMRMaeyaert (CC BY-SA) If Monday’s post was about photography’s artistic possibilities, today’s is all about its documentary capibilities. What you see in the above (and in the following) pictures may … Continue reading

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Advent Calendar – Door 3: The cemetery gate in Maria Saal

Cemetery gate in Maria Saal K. u. k. Kriegspressequartier, Lichtbildstelle, 1918 Österreichische Nationalbibliothek, Vienna (Public Domain) The photograph shows the gate to the fortified cemetery surrounding the church in Maria Saal, one of the finest and largest late Gothic churches … Continue reading

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How about a game of…

… spot the Crucifixion? The rules are quite simple, really: All you need is a late medieval wall painting, like this one here… … and a guidebook claiming that there’s a Crucifixion scene depicted in said painting. And then you … Continue reading

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Seckau Abbey, or Another Stop on the Romanesque Trail

Remember how, back in August, I was so infatuated with the amazing photos of Romanesque architecture on the Via Lucis Photography blog that I just had to go and look at some actual Romanesque buildings myself? As you probably recall, … Continue reading

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Save Giotto!

Only a couple of weeks ago I blogged about Giotto’s lost frescoes in Naples which were destroyed by an earthquake in 1456. Now it seems that Giotto’s most important surviving cycle of wall paintings, the decoration of the Scrovegni Chapel … Continue reading

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Man, I hate it when they do that…

This morning a tweet from Janus Medioevo caught my attention: It announced a “rarissimo ritratto di Federico II di Svevia” [“a very rare portrait of emperor Frederick II”], and contained a link to an article about a 13th century fresco … Continue reading

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Cleaning artworks in the 15th/16th century

Today, I thought I was going to write my first post in the lost-artworks-series I recently announced. Then, however, I looked at the date and figured I’d rather do something about depictions of the Adoration of the Kings instead. But … Continue reading

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