Dali and St. John of the Cross


In honor of Salvador Dali’s birthday today: Christ of St. John of the Cross. Dali’s painting was inspired by a sketch done by St. John while he was chaplain of the monastery of the Incarnation in Avila. One day, while praying in a loft overlooking the sanctuary, he was struck by a vision, and hastily [Read More...]

Mario and Medieval Manuscripts


Thanks to boing boing, an old post at Got Medieval is getting some fresh attention, and it’s well worth a look at the whole thing. Carl Pyrdum uses the modern conventions of 2D platform-jumping game art to explain the internal logic of medieval illumined manuscripts. His point is that marginal objects in these manuscripts have platforms [Read More...]

Newly Discovered Mayan Calendar Goes Way Past 2012

So can we stop it with the 2012-is-the-end-of-the-world nonsense? In a striking find, archaeologists in Guatemala report the discovery of a small building whose walls display not only a stunningly preserved mural of a brightly adorned Mayan king, but also calendars that destroy any notion that the Mayans predicted the end of the world in 2012. [Read More...]

Have Archaeologists Found the Miraculous Quarry of Justinian?

The reign of the Byzantine Emperor Justinian saw a flourishing of the arts and a burst of construction to mark his military successes and solidify the Christian character of his empire. One of those buildings was the Nea Ekklesia of the Theotokos (“New Church of the God-Bearer”), dedicated to the Virgin Mary as the Mother [Read More...]