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Ask the Scholarly Skater #1 – Your Art Questions Answered

I recently polled my Facebook friends about their burning art-related questions. I got four great questions, for which I hope I gave four good answers. Do you have an art question you want answered? Let me know in the comments!   Question: Why do Greek and Roman gods always appear naked? Answer: Different cultures and religions… Continue reading Ask the Scholarly Skater #1 – Your Art Questions Answered

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A Beginner's Field Guide to Gargyles · Architecture · Art History · Gargoyle of the Day · Gargoyles · Medieval Art and Architecture

A Beginner’s Field Guide to Gargoyles, Part Four: What do they look like?

Welcome back to A Beginner's Field Guide to Gargoyles. Here, you'll find everything you've ever wanted to know about gargoyles and grotesques. To recap, part one  defined gargoyles and grotesques, part two talked about where gargoyles originated, and part three explained where to look for them. To be a successful gargoyle hunter, however, you need one… Continue reading A Beginner’s Field Guide to Gargoyles, Part Four: What do they look like?

A Beginner's Field Guide to Gargyles · Art History · Gargoyle of the Day · Gargoyles · Medieval Art and Architecture

A Beginner’s Field Guide to Gargoyles, Part Three: Where Can You Find Them?

Welcome back to A Beginner's Field Guide to Gargoyles, your prime source for essential gargoyle information. In case you missed them, check out parts one and two. Now that we know what gargoyles are and where they came from, let's go gargoyle hunting! Where Can You Find Gargoyles? To find an authentic medieval gargoyle or… Continue reading A Beginner’s Field Guide to Gargoyles, Part Three: Where Can You Find Them?

A Beginner's Field Guide to Gargyles · Art History · Gargoyle of the Day · Gargoyles · Medieval Art and Architecture

A Beginner’s Field Guide to Gargoyles, Part Two: Where and When Did Gargoyles Come From?

  Welcome back to A Beginner's Field Guide to Gargoyles, your answer for common questions about gargoyles and grotesques. Last time, we identified what a gargoyle is and how it differs from a grotesque. Now, let's talk about the gargoyle origin story. Where and when do gargoyles come from? It's difficult to pinpoint when or where the very first gargoyle appeared,… Continue reading A Beginner’s Field Guide to Gargoyles, Part Two: Where and When Did Gargoyles Come From?

A Beginner's Field Guide to Gargyles · Gargoyle of the Day · Gargoyles · Medieval Art and Architecture

A Beginner’s Field Guide to Gargoyles, Part One: What is a Gargoyle, Anyway?

I love gargoyles, and I know a lot of other people do too. Talking to gargoyle enthusiasts, I've come to realize that the origins, terminology, and interpretation of gargoyles can be confusing, and there's not a lot of good information out there. In an effort to encourage greater appreciation of these quirky little creatures, I’ve decided to spend a few posts… Continue reading A Beginner’s Field Guide to Gargoyles, Part One: What is a Gargoyle, Anyway?

Architecture · Art History · Gargoyle of the Day · Gargoyles · Medieval Art and Architecture

Gargoyle of the Day: Chateau de Pierrefonds, Oise, France

Most of the time, gargoyles perform their function as gutters by sticking out from the side of a building and diverting water horizontally. This gargoyle on the 12th-century Chateau de Pierrefonds in France has a different approach. He sends water downward as his long body slithers down the castle wall. I'm not sure if he is an alligator, crocodile, enormous… Continue reading Gargoyle of the Day: Chateau de Pierrefonds, Oise, France

31 Days of Medieval Manuscripts · Medieval Art and Architecture

The Office of the Dead – Day Thirty-One of Medieval Manuscripts

Today is the last installment of 31 Days of Medieval Manuscripts. I hope everyone has enjoyed seeing and reading about all these beautiful books over the past month! I will miss constantly living in the world of medieval manuscripts, but I'm also really looking forward to having time to read and sleep and things like… Continue reading The Office of the Dead – Day Thirty-One of Medieval Manuscripts

31 Days of Medieval Manuscripts · Medieval Art and Architecture

Apocalypse Manuscripts – Day Thirty of Medieval Manuscripts

I'm just going to carry on with this Halloween theme. Apocalypse manuscripts contain St. John the Divine's writings in the Book of Revelation, including supposed details about the end of the world. Remember that the saved and the damned are supposed to have very different experiences in the end, so Apocalypse manuscripts frequently have some pretty extreme… Continue reading Apocalypse Manuscripts – Day Thirty of Medieval Manuscripts

31 Days of Medieval Manuscripts · Medieval Art and Architecture

Alchemical Manuscripts – Day Twenty-Nine of Medieval Manuscripts

In preparation for Halloween, I decided that today's post should have something to do with something magical(ish) and eventually settled on alchemy. Alchemy is probably more of pseudo science than it is magic, but it was in Harry Potter, so I'll let this slide. Alchemical treatises and illustrations were common in manuscripts of the Western and… Continue reading Alchemical Manuscripts – Day Twenty-Nine of Medieval Manuscripts

31 Days of Medieval Manuscripts · Medieval Art and Architecture

Where to Enjoy Manuscripts Online – Day Twenty-Eight of Medieval Manuscripts

As the month of October is winding down, so is 31 Days of Medieval Manuscripts. While my posts about medieval manuscripts may be slowing down - I'll continue to write about them, just not every single day - I hope that your interest in the subject will remain. In that spirit, today's post is going to be about… Continue reading Where to Enjoy Manuscripts Online – Day Twenty-Eight of Medieval Manuscripts