Artycles

History of Art student at Cambridge University, tumblr-ing for my own amazement.

September 12, 2014 5:44 pm
discardingimages:

rabbit riding a hound with a trained snail of prey Pontifical of Guillaume Durand, Avignon, before 1390.
Paris, Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève, ms. 143, fol. 165r

discardingimages:

rabbit riding a hound with a trained snail of prey 

Pontifical of Guillaume Durand, Avignon, before 1390.

Paris, Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève, ms. 143, fol. 165r

December 2, 2013 7:01 pm

"This peice was found in ye Ruines in A house att … near YorkProcur’d & Beautiefiy’d by William Richardson of Northbierley 1689”

The carved alabaster panel of The Ascension (you can see the feet of Christ just disappearing out of the top) was made c.1400-1425, reframed in a case dated 1689. Victoria and Albert Museum, London.More information: http://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O77784/panel-unknown/

"This peice was found in ye Ruines in A house att … near York
Procur’d & Beautiefiy’d by William Richardson of Northbierley 1689”

The carved alabaster panel of The Ascension (you can see the feet of Christ just disappearing out of the top) was made c.1400-1425, reframed in a case dated 1689. Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

More information: http://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O77784/panel-unknown/

November 29, 2013 7:01 pm
Band of lace, depicting a hunting scene amongst foliage, England c.1640-1680, Victoria and Albert Museum.
More information: http://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O10701/band-of-lace-unknown/

Band of lace, depicting a hunting scene amongst foliage, England c.1640-1680, Victoria and Albert Museum.

More information: http://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O10701/band-of-lace-unknown/

November 25, 2013 7:00 pm
erikkwakkel:

A love story hidden in a hat
You are looking at a medieval book from c. 1270, but it has a most unusual shape - and a most ironic story. In fact, you are looking at fragments of a such a book, which form a research passion of mine. In the early-modern period bookbinders cut up medieval manuscripts because the handwritten objects had become old-fashioned after the invention of printing. As a result, we encounter snippets of manuscripts on the inside of bookbindings, as I explain in this blog about such beautiful destruction - a more recent discovery is presented in this blog.
Occasionally the recycled parchment sheets were used for other purposes: the pages in this image form the lining of a bishop’s mitre - onto which the cloth was subsequently pasted. What’s remarkable about the hat is not just that the poor bishop had a bunch of hidden medieval pages on his head, but that they were cut from a Norwegian translation of Old French love poetry (so-called lais). Lovers were chasing each other through dark corridors, maidens were frolicking in the fields, knights were butchering each other over nothing. All the while the oblivious bishop was performing the rites of the Holy Mass. It’s a wonderful historical clash; as well as the mother of all irony.
Pic: Copenhagen, Den Arnamagnæanske Samling, MS AM 666 b 4to (c. 1270,  Strengleikar, Norse translation of Old French love poems). More information about this wicked item here.

erikkwakkel:

A love story hidden in a hat

You are looking at a medieval book from c. 1270, but it has a most unusual shape - and a most ironic story. In fact, you are looking at fragments of a such a book, which form a research passion of mine. In the early-modern period bookbinders cut up medieval manuscripts because the handwritten objects had become old-fashioned after the invention of printing. As a result, we encounter snippets of manuscripts on the inside of bookbindings, as I explain in this blog about such beautiful destruction - a more recent discovery is presented in this blog.

Occasionally the recycled parchment sheets were used for other purposes: the pages in this image form the lining of a bishop’s mitre - onto which the cloth was subsequently pasted. What’s remarkable about the hat is not just that the poor bishop had a bunch of hidden medieval pages on his head, but that they were cut from a Norwegian translation of Old French love poetry (so-called lais). Lovers were chasing each other through dark corridors, maidens were frolicking in the fields, knights were butchering each other over nothing. All the while the oblivious bishop was performing the rites of the Holy Mass. It’s a wonderful historical clash; as well as the mother of all irony.

Pic: Copenhagen, Den Arnamagnæanske Samling, MS AM 666 b 4to (c. 1270,  Strengleikar, Norse translation of Old French love poems). More information about this wicked item here.

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November 22, 2013 7:01 pm
"

Art has always been my salvation. And my gods are Herman Melville, Emily Dickinson, Mozart. I believe in them with all my heart. And when Mozart is playing in my room, I am in conjunction with something I can’t explain.

I don’t need to. I know that if there’s a purpose for life, it was for me to hear Mozart. Or if I walk in the woods and I see an animal, the purpose of my life was to see that animal.

I can recollect it, I can notice it. I’m here to take note of. And that is beyond my ego, beyond anything that belongs to me, an observer, an observer.

"

Maurice Sendak, author of ‘Where the Wild Things Are’, Interview with Bill Moyers, 2004. Link: http://www.pbs.org/now/arts/sendak.html
November 19, 2013 7:01 pm

'The Mostly German Philosophers Love Song' by Jeremy Boor.

November 17, 2013 12:00 pm
Bronzino, An Allegory with Venus and Cupid, about 1545Special Birthday Post: Happy 510th Birthday Bronzino!!The meaning of this disturbing painting remains uncertain. National Gallery, London.For more information, see:http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/paintings/bronzino-an-allegory-with-venus-and-cupidand http://wtfarthistory.com/post/13502106700/allegory-of-love-syphillis-and-honey

Bronzino, An Allegory with Venus and Cupid, about 1545
Special Birthday Post: Happy 510th Birthday Bronzino!!
The meaning of this disturbing painting remains uncertain. National Gallery, London.
For more information, see:
http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/paintings/bronzino-an-allegory-with-venus-and-cupid
and http://wtfarthistory.com/post/13502106700/allegory-of-love-syphillis-and-honey

November 15, 2013 7:01 pm
Lawrence Alma-Tadema, 94 Degrees in the Shade, 1876Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.

Lawrence Alma-Tadema, 94 Degrees in the Shade, 1876
Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.

November 11, 2013 7:00 pm
Parmigianino, ‘Portrait of a Collector’, c. 1523An unidentified sitter poses in front of a classical relief and an illusionistic painting, with a statue and antique coins on the table. National Gallery, London.

Parmigianino, ‘Portrait of a Collector’, c. 1523
An unidentified sitter poses in front of a classical relief and an illusionistic painting, with a statue and antique coins on the table. National Gallery, London.

November 8, 2013 7:01 pm
Lucas Cranach the Elder, Saints Christina and Ottilia, 1506. National Gallery, London.
Saint Christina is shown standing on her attribute, the millstone, as according to her legend she was thrown into Lake Bolsena in Tuscany after converting to Christianity (a trial she miraculously survived). Saint Ottilia (aka St Odile of Alsace) is said to have miraculously recovered her sight after being baptised by Saint Erhard of Regensburg; her eyes are balanced on the book she is carrying.
More information: http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/paintings/lucas-cranach-the-elder-saints-christina-and-ottilia

Lucas Cranach the Elder, Saints Christina and Ottilia, 1506. National Gallery, London.

Saint Christina is shown standing on her attribute, the millstone, as according to her legend she was thrown into Lake Bolsena in Tuscany after converting to Christianity (a trial she miraculously survived). Saint Ottilia (aka St Odile of Alsace) is said to have miraculously recovered her sight after being baptised by Saint Erhard of Regensburg; her eyes are balanced on the book she is carrying.

More information: http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/paintings/lucas-cranach-the-elder-saints-christina-and-ottilia