Enjoy this photo, sent in by a reader, of a charming gargoyle depicting a Saint Bernard dog from the cathedral of Saint-Just and Saint-Pasteur in Narbonne, France.
Chatting About Notre-Dame de Paris on Jo’s Art History Podcast
Listen to me chat about Notre-Dame de Paris with Jo McLaughlin of Jo's Art History Podcast.
The Garima Gospels – Medieval Illuminated Manuscripts in Ethiopia
The Garima Gospels, two gospel books from northern Ethiopia, may be the oldest surviving illuminated Christian manuscripts in the entire world.
In Celebration of Medieval Enamels
I have recently gained a new appreciation for medieval enamels! Their effect is colorful, shiny, and wonderful, and here is some of what I’ve learned about the art form.
Yearly Updates on the Notre-Dame de Paris Restoration
On April 15, 2019, a devastating fire tore through the cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris, the most beloved and iconic of all Gothic buildings. Largely through the heroic efforts of Paris firefighters, the building was spared the total destruction that at one point seemed inevitable. However, the damage was extensive. Despite early negative forecasts and complications due to the pandemic, the reconstruction of Notre-Dame de Paris is well underway, and the restored building will look as much like the old one as possible. Almost every year since the fire, I have written something about the cathedral's current condition and the status of the restoration. You can find it all in this post.
The Dig: a Book and Movie About Sutton Hoo
Beautiful, bold, and vibrant, the treasures from the Sutton Hoo ship burial have fascinated me ever since I first studied them in freshman art history. A new movie called The Dig, based on a novel of the same name, tells a fictionalized tale of their discovery.
Astrology and Zodiac Signs in Medieval Art
Medieval Europeans were pretty serious about astrology. The belief that that stars and planets influenced daily life was fundamental to the medieval calendar and cycle of seasons. For this reason, zodiac signs appear all over medieval art and architecture, often in unexpected places. Check out some examples in my article for DailyArt Magazine.
A Universe of Art at TEFAF Online
This is my experience viewing TEFAF Online. This art fair has a little bit of everything, as well as the unique twist of only showing one object per gallery.
My Level-Headed Update on Notre-Dame de Paris, One Year After the Fire
It has been exactly one year since the horrible fire that almost destroyed the cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris. My article for DailyArt Magazine aims to be a balanced assessment of Notre-Dame's current status and also my celebration that the cathedral still stands on the first anniversary of its near destruction.
Medieval Knights in Art
Here is a brief selection of knights in artwork from the 11th to 19th centuries. It is so interested to notice how images of medeival knights have changed over that time period.