The Earliest Known Depiction of Witches On Brooms, and What It Tells Us About Evil

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This marginal illustration comes from Le champion des dames (A Defense of Women) by Martin Le France, 1451. Martin was secretary to both Antipope Felix V and Pope Nicholas V. His work is a 24,000-verse (!) poem extolling the virtues of women, but also condemning heresy and corruption. The witches are identified Vaudois, or Waldensians, who were accused of practicing witchcraft and [Read More...]

Exorcising A Possessed Statue of The Virgin Mary and Child

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Four scenes from the life of St. Peter of Verona (1206 – April 6, 1252), also known as Peter Martyr, are depicted in frescoes at the Portinari Chapel, at the Basilica of Sant’Eustorgio, Milan. One of these shows an incident from his life in which he exorcised a possessed statue of the infant Jesus and the Blessed [Read More...]

The Best Deal In Comics

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Before we begin, I have to say that I am a DC Comics man through-and-through, my daughter is a Marvel fan, and my son leans to DC but follows some Marvel. A conversation with my daughter about comics usually goes something like this: HER: Marvel is so much better than DC. ME: I can prove [Read More...]

Tarzan: The Russ Manning Newspaper Strips Vol. One [Review]

You thought I was kidding?

If you want several hours of pure entertainment sandwiched between hard covers, the Tarzan comics of Russ Manning will do the trick. Manning is one of the great underrated artists of comics. Any short list of the masters of the dramatic strip would include Hal Foster (Prince Valiant), Alex Raymond (Flash Gordon), and Milt Caniff [Read More...]

Medieval Dog Lovers

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From Gaston Phoebus “The Master of Game” (14th century) comes this illumination showing men caring for their dogs. Is that dog on the bottom left getting a … pedicure?!   [Read more...]

Presentation at the Temple (Lorenzetti)

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Blessed Feast of the Presentation! The feast is also called Candlemas, for the tradition of blessing the beeswax candles on this day. Ambrogio Lorenzetti’s gigantic 1342 masterpiece depicting the presentation of the Lord at the temple rewards close study. Here’s the whole thing:   And details: [Read more...]

Magnasco: Hermit in the Desert

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Follow @zeyneppnyz on Twitter for a steady stream of art. [Read more...]

“Ancients” Flying Around On Little Propeller Chairs UPDATED

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I’ll be honest, I have no idea what’s going on here [NOTE: solved, see below]: Here’s the entire page, which is an illumination from an MS of the Commentary on the Apocalypse by Beatus. The floating heads don’t help matters. Here’s the previous page: And the facing page: It’s a commentary on Revelation 4:3, with the red text [Read More...]


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