Saturday, December 25, 2010

December 25th

NPR's All Things Considered focuses on the Ghent Altarpiece
 Les Très Riches Heures du duc de Berry, The Flight into Egypt 

  Annunciation to the Shepherds  Bamberg Apocalypse   Ottonian 11th c.

                                                   The  Nativity   unknown  Ottonian, Mainz or Fulda, 1025-1050

 Bohemian master  ca. 1350.

Nativity, unknown master (ca. 1490), Slovakia, Spišské Podhradie

The Three Wise Men  mosaic detail from Sant'Apollinaire Nuovo  Ravenna, Italy  late 6th century
photo by Nina Aldin Thune

Conrad von Soest  1403  tempera on panel

  Geertgen tot Sint Jans Nativity at Night 1490  oil on oak panel
National Gallery London

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Samuel Palmer Early Morning 1825

Samuel Palmer Garden in Shoreham 1820's-1830's

Samuel Palmer Cornfield by Moonlight with the Evening Star 1830

Samuel Palmer British Museum

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

from the William Blake Archive   paintings illustrating the Bible, including Job and his Daughters

Monday, December 13, 2010

A new mystery thriller, The Raven -an imaginary account of Edgar Allan Poe's final days- is in the works. The film, to be directed by James Mc Teigue, is due out next fall. (from The Huffington Post)

Poe's handwriting

                                                         illustration by John Tenniel 1858

Gustave Dore


Saturday, November 27, 2010

Codex Colombino 12th century AD

Matricula de tributos 1522AD

Colombino Codex
Codices del Marquesado del Valle  de Oaxaca 16th century

Huexotzinco  Codex 1531 AD

 Colombino Codex

Mexico initiates a new online library: Biblioteca Digital Mexicana ,which will provide access to a select group of  Mexican historical documents.

World Digital Library

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

The Forty Martyrs of Sebaste,a miniature from the Syriac Gospel Lectionary, ca.1220  Vatican Library

The Vatican Library will reopen on Monday, September 20th, ending a three year period of being closed for restoration.

more at:
Mail Online World News
from BBC News

A 12th century missal is being returned by the British Library to the Cathedral City of Benevento, Naples. The manuscript had previously been thought by the city to have been destroyed during the second World War.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

A rare 13th century English Bible has been bought by the University of South Carolina and the Hollings Library. The book, a missal , is dominated almost exclusively by liturgical text rather than images, and was used by the clergy during the celebration of the Mass.
from Art Knowledge News
Marriage of Charles IV and Marie of Luxembourg 1455 by Jean Fouquet

An exhibition at the Getty Center, beginning on November 16, will focus on the major historical influence of French Illuminated manuscript painting from the mid - 13th through the beginning of 15th century.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Gilding the Lilly:A Hundred Medieval and Illuminated Manuscripts in the Lilly Library

A special exhibition of Medieval and Renaissance illuminated manuscripts will begin October 1st at Indiana University's Lilly Library. This exhibition has been guest curated by Christopher De Hamel.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Research at Oxford shows that the Garima Gospels may date from between 330 and 650 AD, making it among the world's oldest illuminated manuscripts, and the oldest Ethiopian manuscript yet found.
The Art Newspaper

more on

Monday, September 6, 2010

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Faddan More Psalter reveals an ancient Coptic source

Manuscript dug from from an Irish bog in 2006 reveals a surprising Egyptian link. Papyrus bits found in the lining of the leather binding of an eight century Irish Psalter recovered from a Tipperary bog four years ago provides tantalizing physical evidence of a link connecting early Irish Christianity to the ancient Middle Eastern Coptic Church. (from the Irish Independent News 9/5/10)

Friday, September 3, 2010

David Cohen's Decade of Exhibitions at the New York Studio School 2001-2010

opens Thursday,September 9th at the NYSS.
The exhibition  highlights a stellar range of contemporary artists including:

Frank Auerbach

Frances Barth

Rackstraw Downes

Mernet Larsen

Dorothea Rockburne

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The restoration of a Renaissance masterpiece, a 15th c. copy of the Mishneh Torah , completed at Israel's National  Museum
The Book in the Renaissance

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Unprecedented auction of rare illuminated manuscripts and incunabula to be held at Christie's
(from Americana Exchange) Boccaccio's On Famous Women , printed in Latin by Johann Zainer at Ulm in 1473


a copy of the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili , once owned by Jean Grolier

will be offered at the event in July.

link to catalogue

The auction will include the 15th century Cauchon Hours

(from Art Knowledge News)

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

a heavenly blue

Louvre ceiling, Cy Twombly 2010

ceiling at Scrovengi chapel, Giotto 1305

lapis lazuli

Cy Twombly states that the startling blue color in his Louvre ceiling was inspired by Giotto and that Early Renaissance painter's use of lapis lazuli

American Scholar : American artist Cy Twombly paints a ceiling at the Louvre

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Eva Hesse Studiowork 1968

Eva Hesse exhibition at Hauser & Wirth from Art Knowledge news

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Taklimakan desert Nasa photo 2001

Lost in the Taklimakan: Mysterious forms beckon from a forgotten burial ground
from the New York Times