Author: Art History with Caroline Quintanar

house-of-neptune: (via Beautiful composition …

house-of-neptune:

(via Beautiful composition – Fern and spider with a spider web. Suspension – Kaleidoscope effect

Lucien Gaillard (1861 – 1942). This blows me away.

abandonedandurbex: The ruined castle of La Mo…

abandonedandurbex:

The ruined castle of La Mothe-Chandeniers in central western France. [665×767]

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italianartsociety: by Rachel Hiser Remmes Ivo…

italianartsociety:

by Rachel Hiser Remmes

Ivory is a precious raw material that was used for the creation of diverse objects in antiquity and throughout the entire Medieval period. Part of the reason for its value is on account of its rarity. Ivory comes from elephant tusks, which were not easily accessible to much of the known world at the time. Ivory was often carved into objects that not only had aesthetic value but functional use; examples include combs, thrones, caskets, incense or makeup containers, and book covers. During the medieval period, ivory took on increasing symbolic importance because of its white color, which reflected the purity of the Virgin Mary.

As a medium, ivory provokes interesting questions with regard to the larger art historical discourse on form versus function. As noted, the medium was not simply admired but molded and carved to suit a particular economic or spiritual need. Artisans gave time and detailed attention to each of these objects not so that they would hang on a wall but be used by the ancient and medieval persons of their time. In our exploration of Medieval Materiality, this is a driving question; what does a given object signify on account of its medium. Medieval materials were important because they imparted something extra, something that exceeded the stories told by the figural or decorative images carved into them.


Further Reading:

Williamson, Beth. “Matter and Materiality in an Italian Reliquary Triptych.” Gesta (Spring, 2018): 23-42.

Koechlin, Raymond. Les ivoires gothiques français (Paris: Picard, 1924).

Barnet, Peter, ed. Images in Ivory: Precious Objects of the Gothic Age (Detroit: Detroit Institute of Arts, 1997).

Bartolo di Fredi. Reliquary Triptych with the Annunciation, ca. 1370, tempera and gold leaf on wood with gold and polychrome ivory.

The Brescia Casket, second half of the 4th century, ivory, Milan, Italy.

Ivory Book Cover with Scenes from the Life of Christ, second half of the 5th century, ivory.

Christ Raising the Widow’s Son From the Dead, c. 962-8, ivory, Milan, Italy.

Comb with Lions and Geometric Designs, 6th-5th century B.C., ivory, Naples, Italy.

Hello Fall, and Back to School: Our 10th Anniv…

Hello Fall, and Back to School: Our 10th Anniversary Edition!

Our September issue features: Male education in Icelandic literature, acorns as food in the Middle Ages, the Lady behind Oxford’s Oldest College, a visit to a former Carthusian monastery in the heart of London, Cambridge’s medieval history, and an in-depth interview with the authors behind the beautiful new book: The Middle Ages in 50 Objects and much, much more! 80 pages packed with medieval goodness!

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irisharchaeology:

irisharchaeology:

Cloaked medieval figure at Jerpoint Abbey, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland

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Taking a break from medieval for something completely different. I’ve always loved Van Gogh paintings. The first time I saw his sunflowers I was 11 in an elementary school painting class. I still remember seeing it and being captivated without knowing exactly why

I focus on medieval but I am an art historian at heart and always want to learn more.

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digitscotland:

What do you think of the view from @kildamockingbird’s office? 🏢 Craig is the @nationaltrustforscotland’s archaeologist on #StKilda (west-northwest of #NorthUist) 👷 According to @unesco, the archipelago has been occupied on and off for over 4,000 years, and the last residents were evacuated at their own request in 1930 ⛵ Can you spot the remains of Village Bay? 👀 (at St Kilda, Scotland)