Choose your studio assistants wisely! The very day I read an article about a monk whose work on a medieval manuscript was peed on by a cat, I left a pastel piece out and my water-loving cat walked on it with his fuzzy wet paw. 😂😂 From the article: "Monk was forced to leave the rest of the page empty, drew a picture of a cat and cursed the creature with the following words: 'Hic non defectus est, sed cattus minxit desuper nocte quadam. Confundatur pessimus cattus qui minxit super librum istum in nocte Daventrie, et consimiliter omnes alii propter illum. Et cavendum valde ne permittantur libri aperti per noctem ubi cattie venire possunt.' [Here is nothing missing, but a cat urinated on this during a certain night. Cursed be the pesty cat that urinated over this book during the night in Deventer and because of it many others [other cats] too. And beware well not to leave open books at night where cats can come.]"
The past couple of months have been so busy with new work contracts, farm life, and medieval events, that I've stuck close to home getting All The Things done. Yesterday I finally got to spend a day out meeting up with dear friends for long overdue visits. Jackie in her wonderful cafe with hugs and undying support and hilarity, S who is fighting cancer with so much courage and humor it makes me cry, and Oma, who never fails to inspire me with her gardens and projects and hugs. I ended the day up in the mountains for a business meeting and photo shoot with my friend, @spunky_sal who makes gorgeous chain maille jewelry. We decided that every business meeting should be held in a sunny park in a mountain top rain forest with iced pineapple sage tea and dark chocolate. :-) Today I'm home again, cooking and baking for our next medieval event, my heart full after good talks and so much love.
My fam indulged my obsession with going to the Tower of London today & I loved it!!! 🇬🇧🙌🏼🗝⛓⚔️ The collection of armour & weaponry is next level & I could have stayed all day. The boys were especially taken with the ravens...so many myths as to their appearance hundreds of years ago & the legend that should they disappear, the tower will crumble. #history#london#my#vacation#travelblog#live#learn#medieval
UPDATE- For the next week or so, I'll be covering European Art History! (Middle Ages, Southern Renaissance, Northern Renaissance, Baroque, Neo-Classicism, Rococo, Romanticism, Realism, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Cubism, Orphism, Lyricism, Abstract, Metaphysical, Exisentialism, and art today in that order). Today, is for the Middle Ages.
Art during this time focused on a few major categories: Christianity, War, Death, and Survival. The art was mostly 2-D, and didn't usually involve bright, vibrant colors. Since the Catholic Church was prominent during this era, saints, people, and especially Jesus are typically shown, with halos around their heads. Alot of the time, the head and body is drawn strangely and grotesquely; a notable detail for Dark Age Art. Gruesome executions, The Black Death, and Wars (100 Year War and the Crusades are example), happened during this time, which are also prominent in Medieval Age artwork. Before this era, art was dominated by the Ancient Greeks, Romans, and Byzantines (Which I'll cover Ancient art at a different time). The Middle Ages ended in about 1400, with the birth of the Italian Renaissance (which will be the next post)! #history#historical#historia#knowledge#education#facts#instagram#followme#like#historylesson#europe#German#France#art#painting#drawing#arthistory#war#christianity#jesus#church#catholic#plague#blackdeath#arthistory#england#middleages#medieval#darkages