Deconstructing Myths about the Nude in Renaissance Art

Madonna and Child Surrounded by Angels (detail), 1454–56, Jean Fouquet. Oil on panel, 36 1/4 x 32 7/8 in. Courtesy of Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten Antwerpen. Image ©–Art in Flanders vzw, photo Dominique Provost A new exhibition and book explore the complexity of the nude in Renaissance art and the controversies it provoked, revealing[…]

Pollaiuolo’s ‘Battle of Ten Nudes’: Spreading the Renaissance in Europe

Antonio Pollaiuolo, Battle of Ten Nudes (or Battle of Nude Men), c. 1465, engraving, 15-1/8 x 23-3/16″ / 38.4 x 58.9 cm (The Metropolitan Museum of Art) Antonio Pollaiuolo’s Battle of Ten Nudes has been called the single most important engraving in European history. By Christine Zappella / 08.09.2015 PhD Student in Medieval and Early Modern Art University of Chicago Antonio Pollaiuolo’s Battle[…]

Nature Tourism in Early Medieval China

Ladies of a Mandarin’s family at cards, by Thomas Allom (1843) / Wikimedia Commons The emergence of nature tourism in early medieval China can be attributed to four major factors. By Dr. Libo Yan / 06.25.2018 Associate Professor Macau University of Science and Technology Introduction The origins of tourism have been a fascinating area for[…]

Medieval Relics and Society: The ‘Miracles’ of the ‘True Cross’

Miracle of the Cross at the Bridge of San Lorenzo, by Gentile Bellini (1500) / Gallerie dell’Accademia, Wikimedia Commons How people imbued supernatural action into events to position themselves in their social landscape. By Dr. Kiril Petkov Professor of History University of Wisconsin River Falls Abstract This article analyzes two miracles, which a fragment of the True Cross[…]