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Book Design in the Middle Ages

Book Design in the Middle Ages

Designing a book in the Middle Ages was a whole different process than it is today. In fact, a book was a completely different kind of object than it is today. It wasn’t meant for everyday use, to be read once and then to be […]

The female body in prehistoric sculpture

The female body in prehistoric sculpture

Today is International Women’s Day. A nice opportunity to honour the female body in all its forms. Women figures have been a topic of interest in art for hundreds of thousands of years – since art exists actually.  Women were the frequent subject of sculpture […]

China’s Mona Lisa in the China Art Museum in Shanghai

China’s Mona Lisa in the China Art Museum in Shanghai

In the massive China Museum of Art in Shanghai you can see one of China’s greatest works of art, often called the Mona Lisa of China: The Qing Ming Scroll. And no, not the 800 year old, small paper object, but a 30 times bigger, […]

Unicorns are real

Unicorns are real

It’s 1483. A group of pilgrims are on their way to the Saint Catherine’s Monastery in the Sinai when they spot a unicorn. One of the travellers, a Dutch artist called Erhard Reuwich, made sketches of this encounter, which where printed later in a book […]