Author: Art History with Caroline Quintanar


Medieval cloister, Adare,  Co Limerick. It is located in the Augustinian Friary


~ Gold Goblet and Cover (?).

Date: 700’s

Culture: Avar or Byzantine

Medium: Gold


Book of Hours (Use of Rouen): fol. 36v, Master of the Geneva Latini, c. 1470, Cleveland Museum of Art: Medieval Art

Size: Codex: 19.5 x 13.1 cm (7 11/16 x 5 3/16 in.)
Medium: ink, tempera, and gold on vellum


Hours of Queen Isabella the Catholic, Queen of Spain: Fol. 129r, Master of the First Prayerbook of Maximillian, c. 1500, Cleveland Museum of Art: Medieval Art

This manuscript was illuminated by a circle of at least five highly organized manuscript painters active in the Flemish cities of Ghent and Bruges. The principal illuminator was Alexander Bening, who painted the majority of the book’s miniatures. Manuscripts produced by this circle of artists are renowned for the decoration of their borders, which typically feature a rich variety of realistically-painted flowers, birds, and butterflies. This prayer book, called a book of hours, was intended not for a cleric, but for the private devotions of a lay person-in this case, Isabella the Catholic, Queen of Spain (1451-1504). Isabella’s coat of arms embellishes the book’s frontispiece. It is unlikely that the book was commissioned by the Queen herself; rather, she probably received it as a diplomatic gift from someone courting her patronage, perhaps Cardinal Francisco Jimenez de Cisneros. A Franciscan friar, Jimenez was dependent upon Isabella for his advancement, first to the post of Queen’s confessor in 1492, and then to Archbishop of Toledo in 1495.
Size: Codex: 22.5 x 15.2 cm (8 7/8 x 6 in.)
Medium: ink, tempera, and gold on vellum


Judith with the Head of Holofernes by Lucas Cranach the Elder, European Paintings

Rogers Fund, 1911
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Medium: Oil on linden


Miniatures from a Manuscript of the Apocalypse, c. 1295, Cleveland Museum of Art: Medieval Art

The visionary text of Saint John the Evangelist’s Apocalypse, the final book of the New Testament, inspired these images of salvation, sin, and divine retribution. A large number of illustrated volumes of the Apocalypse appeared in Northern Europe, especially in England, after the year 1240-perhaps reflecting a fear of the world’s end. These miniatures come from a manuscript produced in Lorraine, then artistically influenced by English models.
Size: Sheet: 10.2 x 14.7 cm (4 x 5 13/16 in.); Framed: 52.4 x 39.7 cm (20 5/8 x 15 5/8 in.); Matted: 48.9 x 36.2 cm (19 ¼ x 14 ¼ in.)
Medium: ink, tempera, and gold on vellum


16th century doors


Weekend pub vibes in the Cotswolds

Medieval windows 💐 #medieval #weekend #cotswolds #14thcentury #history #architecture (at Arlington Row, Bibury)