Art History

May 29, 2023

Explore the World Through Medieval Eyes on a Map Called the ‘Hereford Mappa Mundi’

Welcome to the Hereford Mappa Mundi, or as one might call it: a view of the world from an Englishman in 1300. Complete with Biblical motifs, mystical creatures, and some true geography, the ancient map depicts a unique worldview. It is preserved at Hereford Cathedral in Hereford, England. Visitors can peer closely at the 64″ x 52″ map to search for their favorite locations. Now, online viewers can get this up-close-and-personal experience as well.

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May 18, 2023

Name That Sculpture! Test Your Art Knowledge [Quiz]

It's time for another quiz to test your art history knowledge. This week we're focusing on sculpture in a quiz that will ask you about famous artworks across different periods of history. People, places, and titles are all on the menu as you'll be shown an image of a famous sculpture and asked to answer two questions about it.

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April 23, 2023

Notre-Dame Fire Revealed Cutting-Edge Technology Used to Originally Construct the Church

There's one positive byproduct of the devastating 2019 fire that ravaged Paris' Notre-Dame Cathedral. It's given experts the unique opportunity to study how the Gothic church was constructed. As renovation efforts began, it was revealed that enormous iron staples had been used all over the building to hold its heavy stonework together. The discovery answers some questions about the innovative technology used to construct what was, at the time, the tallest building in the world.

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