Tag Archives: Renaissance

Here be dragons

Ok, admittedly, it’s just one dragon viewed from different angles. But of all the works of art I saw during a recent two-week trip through Spain and Portugal this historiated corbel was definitely one of my favourites and, in a loose way, … 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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Michelangelo and Wile E. Coyote

A few days ago I wound up watching some old vintage episodes of Roadrunner and Wile E. Coyote on youtube (as one might). In doing so, I came across something quite interesting in the comments to one of the videos. … Continue reading

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Schallaburg Castle

This past weekend I went to see an exhibition on medieval Byzantium which was held at  Schallaburg Castle, located approximately an hour’s drive west of Vienna. As interesting as the exhibition was, I was even more intrigued by the castle … Continue reading

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Family Business (Part II)

Following up on Sunday’s post, here are five more artistic families from the 15th century: The Vivarini Clan Moving back to Italy, in Venice we meet the Vivarini family, that is brothers Bartolomeo (c. 1432-c. 1499) and Antonio (c. 1440-1480), … Continue reading

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Family Business (Part I)

A few days ago, MutualArt.com posted a feature on lesser known artistic relatives of famous artists. It includes, among others, Gustav Klimt’s younger brother Ernst, Claude Monet’s stepdaughter Blanche, and Pablo Picasso’s father José Ruiz Blasco. The piece ends with … Continue reading

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Diamonds are a lord’s best friend

From some of my previous posts you may already have gathered that I have a penchant for so-called “provincial” art. Now, one of the things I love about provincial areas is that when it comes to art and architecture they’re … Continue reading

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