Rome may be a mecca for Medieval art, but it isn’t every day that conservationists there discover a trove of long-lost frescoes dating to the 1240s.
The English Reformation of the 1530s wasn’t just an upheaval of the country’s spirituality as the Church of England severed its Catholic ties; it disrupted whole industries. One was the alabaster sculpture business of the Midlands.
Six of the medieval stained-glass windows that usually soar some 60 feet up in England’s Canterbury Cathedral are on their first journey outside of their ecclesiastical home, brought down to a more intimate level in an exhibition at the Cloisters in Upper Manhattan.
For the first time in its history, the Cloisters is exhibiting a work of contemporary art.
The last time anyone attempted to catalogue all known Gothic ivory sculpture was a three-volume publication from a French scholar in 1924, but now the Gothic Ivories Project at London’s Courtauld Institute of Art is taking a 21st century stab at it with an online database.
What a wondrous and rare creature is the unicorn — and of course sadly nonexistent. But that hasn’t stopped the single-horned equine of myth to prance its way into centuries of art, acting as graceful spirit strutting through the forest or a captured creature representing everything from the entrapment of alluring women to the crucifixion of Christ. And it’s also been the central beast at the Metropolitan Museum’s medieval branch, the Cloisters, which is this year celebrating its 75th anniversary.
After our first installment of obsolete pigments, we had such a strong response that we realized we’d only hit the tip of the curious history of vanished colors.
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