Art History with Caroline Quintanar

Visigothic Votive Cross from Tesoro de Guarrazar
Location: Found in Toledo, Spain. Currently in the Museo Arqueológico Nacional
c. 7th century
My early followers know of my love and borderline obsession with all things Visigoth (Luckily living in Spain I have the chance to visit these beauties for free whenever I want)
This votive cross (reverse view here) was found with among other precious pieces in the Treasure of Guarrazar. The delicate attention to detail makes this piece quite spectacular.
Sep 28

Visigothic Votive Cross from Tesoro de Guarrazar

Location: Found in Toledo, Spain. Currently in the Museo Arqueológico Nacional

c. 7th century

My early followers know of my love and borderline obsession with all things Visigoth (Luckily living in Spain I have the chance to visit these beauties for free whenever I want)

This votive cross (reverse view here) was found with among other precious pieces in the Treasure of Guarrazar. The delicate attention to detail makes this piece quite spectacular.

Castillo de Gormaz
Location: Gormaz, Soria, Spain
c. 10th century

Spain never ceases to surprise me with it’s hidden treasures. I have visited Soria and surrounding villages and somehow missed this awesome 10th century Muslim fortress. Needless to say, I will be figuring this into my travel plans this fall for sure. 
Sep 28

Castillo de Gormaz

Location: Gormaz, Soria, Spain

c. 10th century

Spain never ceases to surprise me with it’s hidden treasures. I have visited Soria and surrounding villages and somehow missed this awesome 10th century Muslim fortress. Needless to say, I will be figuring this into my travel plans this fall for sure. 

vwcampervan-aldridge:

Towers of Lincoln Cathedral, Lincoln, England
All Original Photography by http://vwcampervan-aldridge.tumblr.com

A cathedral that is high on my list of places to visit
Sep 28

vwcampervan-aldridge:

Towers of Lincoln Cathedral, Lincoln, England

All Original Photography by http://vwcampervan-aldridge.tumblr.com

A cathedral that is high on my list of places to visit

(via vwcampervan-aldridge)

centuriespast:

Syrian-style openwork plaque with a striding sphinx, ca. 9th–8th century B.C. Neo-Assyrian period. Mesopotamia, Nimrud (ancient Kalhu). Ivory. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York,

The face is captivating
Sep 28

centuriespast:

Syrian-style openwork plaque with a striding sphinx, ca. 9th–8th century B.C. Neo-Assyrian period. Mesopotamia, Nimrud (ancient Kalhu). Ivory. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York,

The face is captivating

medieval:

Diagrams of embryos in various positions.
14th c. (via)


Medieval babies know how to get down
Sep 25

medieval:

Diagrams of embryos in various positions.

14th c. (via)

Medieval babies know how to get down

On this day in 1920 the woman suffrage amendment was ratified. In 1869, the National Woman Suffrage Association was founded by Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton to push for a woman suffrage amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Aug 19
This isn’t medieval but worth celebrating and being proud!
Aug 1

artofthedarkages:

Gospels, MS 58, Trinity College Dublin

(via undeadlosersanonymous)

yeaverily:

Royal finger rings from anglo-saxon England belonging to King Ethelwulf and his daughter Queen Ethelswith 828-858 A.D.
Jul 23

yeaverily:

Royal finger rings from anglo-saxon England belonging to King Ethelwulf and his daughter Queen Ethelswith 828-858 A.D.

(Source: britishmuseum.org, via undeadlosersanonymous)

floratward:

Apollo? Adonis? Random naked man, Camera di San Paolo, Parma.
Jul 23

floratward:

Apollo? Adonis? Random naked man, Camera di San Paolo, Parma.

floratward:

The Camera di San Paolo, Parma. The more famous of the two painted chambers in this élite nunnery, here we find our friend Correggio in action yet again. Made shortly after the Stanza dell’Araldi, these frescoes speak a different visual language (1518-19 versus 1514). The segmented vaults are decorated in trompe l’oeil garlands and putti, who appear as though through windows. The grisaille lunettes below contrast with the rich colours of the vault, and depict Classical figures, such as the three graces (visible to the far right). The patron here is Giovanna, as in the Stanza dell’Araldi. 

My great friend and amazing medieval historian, Flora Ward has started a blog sharing her personal photos and tidbits from her time abroad. Please take a moment to see what she’s sharing!
Jul 23

floratward:

The Camera di San Paolo, Parma. The more famous of the two painted chambers in this élite nunnery, here we find our friend Correggio in action yet again. Made shortly after the Stanza dell’Araldi, these frescoes speak a different visual language (1518-19 versus 1514). The segmented vaults are decorated in trompe l’oeil garlands and putti, who appear as though through windows. The grisaille lunettes below contrast with the rich colours of the vault, and depict Classical figures, such as the three graces (visible to the far right). The patron here is Giovanna, as in the Stanza dell’Araldi. 

My great friend and amazing medieval historian, Flora Ward has started a blog sharing her personal photos and tidbits from her time abroad. Please take a moment to see what she’s sharing!

centuriespast:

GIOTTO di BondoneHorseman of the Apocalypsec. 1320FrescoLower Church, San Francesco, Assisi
Jul 11

centuriespast:

GIOTTO di Bondone
Horseman of the Apocalypse
c. 1320
Fresco
Lower Church, San Francesco, Assisi

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mediumaevum:

No. Not another Angry Bird. In the mind of a medieval illuminator, this is an oyster.
(Middle Ages on Mahable. Cool.)
Jun 24

mediumaevum:

No. Not another Angry Bird. In the mind of a medieval illuminator, this is an oyster.

(Middle Ages on Mahable. Cool.)

Medusa
Artist: Caravaggio
Year: 1595-1598
This painting is considerably later than most of the pieces I share but I still can’t get over her expression and the colors.
I saw this in person in the Uffizi Gallery about 9 years ago and I still remember it plain as day.
Jun 17

Medusa

Artist: Caravaggio

Year: 1595-1598

This painting is considerably later than most of the pieces I share but I still can’t get over her expression and the colors.

I saw this in person in the Uffizi Gallery about 9 years ago and I still remember it plain as day.