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Advent Calendar – Door 21: The Churchyard Gate in Bunge

Bertil Berthelson, The Churchyard Gate in Bunge, 1941 Swedish National Heritage Board (Public Domain) When I first saw this photo, its almost poetic simplicity immediately appealed to me: There’s an empty lawn, a rough stone wall cutting across it, a … Continue reading

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Advent Calendar – Door 2: The gate of Bedlam

Statues of Raving and Melancholy Madness, crowning the gates at Bethlem Hospital Engravig by W. Sharp, after T. Stothard, 1783, Wellcome Collection London (CC BY) The engraving depicts the statues of Raving and Melancholy Madness which once crowned the main … 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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A bishop, a bust and a basilisk (and wall paintings, loads of wall paintings)

I know I promised you Romans, but I’m afraid they will have to wait a bit longer for their appearance on this blog (but hey, they have been waiting for something like 2000 years now, so I’m sure they won’t … Continue reading

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Dragons, lions and whatnot

A week or so ago, Dennis Aubrey over at Via Lucis – that amazing blog dedicated to photography of (mostly) Romanesque architecture in France – posted an entry about the sculptural decoration of the 12th century facade of the Prieuré Sainte Gemme. … 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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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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