Anti-Bending

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The Grave of Mona Lisa: Discovered?

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A team of archaeologists searching the Convent of St. Ursula in Florence for the remains of Lisa del Giocondo believe they have them. Lisa, the model for Leonardo’s Mona Lisa, became a nun after the death of her husband, and lived in the convent until her death in 1542. The bones were found under the floor [Read More...]

Searching for the Tomb of Mona Lisa

It’s strange to think of coming face to face (so to speak) with the remains of the woman with the most famous face in the world, but archaeologists and art historians think they may be close. We know some things about Lisa del Giocondo, including the fact that two of her daughters, Camilla and Marietta, became [Read More...]

Tanner’s Annunciation

The Annunciation by Henry Ossawa Tanner 1896

Today is the 153rd birthday of Henry Ossawa Tanner, the great American artist who painted my favorite depiction of the annunciation: Mary is depicted as a young, humble Jewish girl encountering the Holy Spirit as light. Her expression is a mixture of fear, wisdom, understanding, and resignation. I don’t see joy in Tanner’s Mary: I see girl [Read More...]

The Illuminated Sketchbook of Stephen Schriber

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Regular commenter Ron19 post this link to an amazing little late-medieval sketchbook by a monk named Stephen Schriber. Brother Schriber is quite obviously doing studies and practice work for his marginals and capitals. I have a lot of books about medieval illumination, but I’ve never seen one like this, where you see the process of [Read More...]

Book Sculpting

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Strange and beautiful, these book sculptures by Alexander Korzer-Robinson are created by sealing old books with glue and carving down through the pages to create layered works of art. Gorgeous. My Kindle will one day be landfill. It will never be art. My library of some 6,000 volumes will one day be someone else’s to [Read More...]

The Hobbit Retold in a Single Picture

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Brandon Vogt, of the Thin Veil and The Church and New Media fame, posted this one, and I love it. The art style reminds me of Tolkien’s own art. This art was posted by “madbatter” on his DeviantArt page. And don’t forget to check out Brandon’s Africa eBook project.   [Read more...]

Where’s Wall-E?

Illustration by Richard Sargent

God help me, but I think I can identify at least 80% of these. Click here for the full size picture. The answer key. [Read more...]


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