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Advent Calendar – Door 17: St. John’s Gate in Clerkenwell

St. John’s Gate in Clerkenwell from: William Hickman Smith Aubrey, The National and Domestic History of England, London 1867; The British Library, London (Public Domain) St. John’s Gate in Clerkenwell, London, was built in 1504 as one of the entrances … Continue reading

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Advent Calendar – Door 12: The Frari

Fratelli Alinari, The Main Gate of the Frari Church in Venice Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg (CC0) The main gate of one of my favourite buildings, the Frari church in Venice, or, to give its full name, the Basilica … Continue reading

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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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