Medieval Wall

Jul 17 2010

Categories: Painting

Images of Byzantine Emperors in Mosaics of Hagia Sophia


Hagia Sophia holds preserved one of the largest corpuses of mosaics imaging Byzantine emperors. They are sacramential mosaics, in which the emperors are displayed bearing gifts or kneeling before the Christ or Virgin Mary. Residing on the walls of the church, where figures of saints are usually displayed, the emperors, shown with aureolas on their heads, are also represented as holy figures.

Jun 17 2010

Categories: Painting

Paolo Veneziano


Paolo Veneziano is a painter that marked the Venetian art of painting of the 14th century. He is considered to be the founder of the Venetian school of painting, and he was also one of its first official public painters. To get familiarized with his specific artistic expression, one must first perceive the artistic situation of that time in Venice.

Apr 11 2010

Categories: Painting

Dance of Death


 (French: Danse macabre, German: Totentanz)
After deadly epidemics that had slain most of Europe's population, the medieval man starts to think about the imminence of death and how short life really is. People are becoming aware of her presence, so they are portraiting her, more and more often, through different themes. One of those iconographic themes is the Dance of death, with which we will introduce to you in this article.

Mar 13 2010

Categories: Painting

Ambrogio Lorenzetti: Good and Bad Government in Palazzo Pubblico, Siena


One of the most interesting fresco cycles of the late Middle Ages was painted in the Town Hall of city of Siena. It stands out with its theme representing good and bad city government.