Queen Isabella and Late Medieval Health Regimens

Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, ms. français 2663, folio 14v: Queen Isabella of England admonishes two of Edward II’s favourites, Sir Hugh Despenser and Edmund, earl of Arundel, prior to their execution, 1326. Image credit: Wikimedia Commons. By Dr. Richard Aspin / 01.21.2017 Head of Research Wellcome Library In the later Middle Ages there was a considerable[…]

A New Pictorial Language: The Image in Early Medieval Art

Praxiteles, Aphrodite of Knidos, Roman marble copy after 4th century Greek original (Palazzo Altemps, Rome) By Dr. Nancy Ross / 12.19.2016 Assistant Professor of Art History Dixie State College Utah An illusion of reality Classical art, or the art of ancient Greece and Rome, sought to create a convincing illusion for the viewer. Artists sculpting the images of[…]

Graeco-Roman Influence in the ‘Vienna Genesis’

Rebecca and Eliezer at the Well, folio 7 recto from the Vienna Genesis, early 6th century, tempera, gold and silver on purple vellum, 12-1/2 x 9-1/4″ (Österreichische Nationalbibliothek, Vienna) By Dr. Nancy Ross / 08.08.2015 Assistant Professor of Art History Dixie State College Utah Caught in between It’s not hard to find inspirational quotes about the difficulty and[…]

The Sarcophagus of Junius Bassus: Early Christian Adoption and Adaptation of Roman and Greek Art Forms

Sarcophagus of Junius Bassus, marble, 359 C.E. (Treasury of Saint Peter’s Basilica) By Dr. Allen Farber / 08.08.2015 Professor of Art History State University of New York College at Oneonta Please note that due to photography restrictions, the images used in the video above show the plaster cast on display in the Vatican Museum. Nevertheless,[…]