Author: Renaissance Art

renaissance-art: Albrecht Durer c. 1500-1503 L…


Albrecht Durer c. 1500-1503

Lamentation for Christ (detail)



Elizabeth I’s diamond and ruby ring, bearing her initial and taken from her body after her death in 1603, reveals more than meets the eye. A secret compartment opens to display two miniatures of Elizabeth and her mother, Anne Boleyn. The second of Henry VIII’s wives, Anne was executed on May 19, 1536 on charges of incest, adultery, and high treason. The future queen was only two years old at the time of her mother’s death.  

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So many posts have been flagged. So, I emailed support and they removed the explicit classification and said all my posts had been restored. Two hours later I got another email saying the adult content on my blog has been hidden….lost all the posts again

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english-history-trip: “If not for her sex, s…


“If not for her sex, she could have defied all the heroes of History.”

Catherine of Aragon was born 16 December 1485, the youngest child of Isabella I of Castile and Ferdinand II of Aragon. By the time she was four (before her second husband was even born), she was already betrothed to Arthur, son and heir of the newly enthroned Henry VII of England. The marriage scheme was part of Henry’s efforts to shore up his line’s tenuous claim to the throne; besides being from a long-established royal house, Catherine was descended, like Henry, from Edward III by way of John of Gaunt. She was a highly educated child, writing and speaking multiple modern and classical languages and tutored in what was considered a Liberal Arts education. 

Her marriage to Arthur proved short-lived, leaving her a widow at 17. She was betrothed on and off to the new heir, Henry, and finally married him when he ascended the throne as Henry VIII. They remained married for twenty-four years – over twice as long as the rest of Henry’s subsequent marriages combined. Although Henry annulled their marriage (ostensibly) over their lack of surviving sons, their daughter Mary would become the first female monarch to successfully hold the throne of England. 

The above quote was from, of all people, Thomas Cromwell, the chief engineer of her downfall. Even those who opposed her could not deny her intelligence, talent, forceful personality, and bravery.

renaissance-art: Michelangelo c. 1508-1512 Cre…


Michelangelo c. 1508-1512

Creation of Adam 

Scene 4 of 9 from the book of Genesis



A beautiful and interesting gauntlet, German, ca. 1530-1540, housed at the Wallace Collection.

bewarethebibliophilia: Hieronymus Bosch, Hell…


Hieronymus Bosch, Hell. This is the whole vertical panel (one of four of Paradise and Hell), of one of Bosch’s exceptional luminous scenes. Fire may have had a special intensity for Bosch due to a catastrophic fire in his town of ‘s-Hertogenbosch that set thousands of homes ablaze, which Bosch likely witnessed at the young age of thirteen. One can compare the fire-lit darkness in this panel to the burning city in the right panel of Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights. Here he achieved this using a wet-on-wet technique to paint the light over a layer of black, illuminating the tortured souls below.

renaissance-art: Parmigianino c. 1533


Parmigianino c. 1533

Madonna San Zaccaria (detail)

And it begins


several of my posts are now “being hidden from public view” and cannot be searched

well done tumblr

going through my archive and dozens of posts are hidden with the original link removed- trying to get everything restored 

And it begins

several of my posts are now “being hidden from public view” and cannot be searched

well done tumblr