The Polyglot of Bologna

Mezzofanti as pictured in the frontispiece to The Life of Cardinal Mezzofanti; with an introductory memoir of eminent linguists, ancient and modern (1858) by Charles William Russell Michael Erard takes a look at The Life of Cardinal Mezzofanti, a book exploring the extraordinary talent of the 19th century Italian cardinal who was reported to be able to speak[…]

Family Lines: Chasing Ghosts in Greece

By Jolene Latimer / 05.15.2017 All photos by the author Instead of sitting by her side, helping her gently pass into the afterlife, when my grandma died, I was standing on a street corner in Thessaloniki, Greece, eating a cheese pie. Since she was old and had complicated health, her death was an inevitability for[…]

The Implacability of Things: Objects Telling Stories

The Merchant Georg Gisze (1532) by Hans Holbein the Younger Jonathan Lamb explores the genre of ‘it-narratives’ – stories told from the point of view of an object, often as it travels in circulation through human hands. By Dr. Jonathan Lamb / 11.22.2016 Andrew W. Mellon Professor of the Humanities Vanderbilt University This article, The[…]

Classicism and the Early Middle Ages

The Mildenhall Treasure, fourth century C.E. (The British Museum) (photo: Estel, CC BY-SA 3.0) By Dr. Diane Reilly / 06.14.2017 Associate Professor of Art History, Department Chair Indiana University In 1942 a farmer plowing a field in the East of England unearthed a substantial hoard of Roman silver (beginning in the 1st century parts of Britain were conquered by[…]

Classical Pagan and Early Medieval Christian Art Combined in the Paris Psalter

David Composing the Psalms, from the Paris Psalter, c. 900 C.E. 14-1/8 x 10-1/4″ / 36 x 26 cm (Bibliothèque nationale de France) By Dr. Anne McClanan / 08.08.2015 Professor of Art History and Historical Methodology Portland State University The classical past and the medieval Christian present Why would a Biblical king surround himself with pagans?[…]