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1 08, 2017

What are stigmata? Christian markings

By |2018-04-10T22:49:24-07:00August 1st, 2017|Art, Medieval|0 Comments

Jesus on the Cross, by Fra Angelico When the Roman soldiers nailed Jesus  to the cross, the nails made holes in His hands and feet. Medieval people called these holes the "stigmata" (stig-MA-ta), which is the Latin word for "marks". St. Francis receiving the stigmata (Giotto) In the later Middle Ages in Europe, very holy Christian people sometimes got [...]

1 08, 2017

Medieval art history – Europe

By |2017-08-01T07:56:10-07:00August 1st, 2017|Art, Medieval|0 Comments

A Late Antique ivory carving Roman art, German art, and Islamic art mixed together in Europe in the Early Middle Ages to create a new form, which we call medieval art. Art historians divide medieval art into Early Medieval, Romanesque, and Gothic art. But these types of art looked different in different places, and in the hands of [...]

1 08, 2017

Fra Angelico – Medieval Florence

By |2019-06-12T08:18:39-07:00August 1st, 2017|Art, Medieval|0 Comments

Mary Magdalene and Jesus by Fra Angelico (Louvre Museum) Who was Fra Angelico? Fra Angelico was born about 1395 AD in a small town in northern Italy. Like his older brother, he learned to paint when he was growing up. When he was about 20 years old he became a Christian Dominican monk (like Thomas Aquinas before him). What [...]

31 07, 2017

Cimabue – Giotto’s teacher – Medieval art

By |2019-04-04T04:41:14-07:00July 31st, 2017|Art, Medieval|0 Comments

The painter Cimabue's Madonna and Jesus, in Louvre Museum, Paris Who was Cimabue? The painter Cimabue (really Cenno di Pepe, but people call him Cimabue) was born in Florence, Italy, around 1240 AD, in the Middle Ages. More about Florence Medieval art All our Middle Ages articles Cimabue's mosaics Cimabue (chee-MA-boo-ay) worked in and around [...]

30 07, 2017

The Duomo in Florence, Italy

By |2019-05-18T21:24:42-07:00July 30th, 2017|Architecture, Medieval|0 Comments

The Duomo in Florence (cathedral) Why did Florence want a new cathedral? The Republic of Florence started to plan this cathedral in the late 1200s AD, when Dante was growing up, to replace the old cathedral from about 500 AD that was too small and old. Medieval Florence Who was Dante? The Florence baptistery Medieval architecture All our medieval Europe articles They [...]

25 05, 2017

What is fresco painting? History of Art

By |2019-06-16T17:07:09-07:00May 25th, 2017|Art, History|0 Comments

Fresco painting from Thera, Greece (about 1600 BC) Why are they called frescos? Fresco is the Italian word for "fresh", and that's because painters do fresco painting on fresh, wet plaster walls. What is plaster? Egyptian painting All our ancient Egypt articles Why paint on wet plaster? That way the colors really sink in [...]