The Buildings of the Future Will Keep Rearranging Themselves

Kurokawa’s Toshiba-IHI Pavilion, Osaka Expo 1970. Takato Manui / Wikimedia Commons By Darran Anderson / 12.07.2015 One of the great laboratories of the future and its side-effects is science fiction. ‘The wall flickered partially out of existence as he stepped through to the corridor,’ wrote Arthur C Clarke in his novel The City and the Stars (1956), ‘and[…]

Fashion According to Medieval Popes: Short Tunics for Him and Fabulous Jewelry for Her

The Emperor Sigismund Arriving in Siena in The Story of Two Lovers with texts written in Latin by Eneas Silvius Piccolomini and illuminations by an unknown artist, French, about 1460-70. The J. Paul Getty Museum, MS. 68, FOL. 25 Examining costumes in the pages of medieval manuscripts. By Dr. Bryan C. Keene / 08.05.2011 Adjunct Professor of Art History Pepperdine University[…]

Iconology of Cardinal Thomas Wolsey: Body, Reputation, and Power in Tudor England

Portrait of Thomas Wolsey, artist unknown, late 16th century — National Portrait Gallery via Wikimedia Commons Characterised as manipulative, power-hungry, and even an alter rex, Henry VIII’s right-hand man Cardinal Thomas Wolsey has been typically depicted with a body mass to rival his political weight. Katherine Harvey asks if he was really the glutton of popular legend,[…]

Leaving Rome: Gothic Art and Architecture

View from north-east of Reims Cathedral (High Gothic) / Photo by G.Garitan, Wikimedia Commons Edited by Matthew A. McIntosh / 05.05.2018 Historian Brewminate Editor-in-Chief 1 – Introduction to Gothic Art 1.1 – Introduction 1.1.1 – Overview Gothic art developed after the Romanesque, in the 12th century.  The style continued to be used well into the 16th century in[…]

The Pax Romana: Its Rise and Decline

Angled shot of the Colosseum in Rome / Photo by Jimmy Walker, Wikimedia Commons By Dr. Nicholas K. Rauh Professor of Classics Purdue University EARLY ROMAN DYNASTIES (27 BCE – 180 CE) Julio-Claudian Dynasty 27 BC – 68 AD Augustus 27 BC – 14 AD Tiberius 14 AD – 37 AD Caligula 37-41 Claudius 41-54 Nero 54-68[…]