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Showing posts from April, 2013

St. George Google Doodle

It looks like St. George's Day gets the Google treatment: Here's an article from The Independent: Google Doodle flies the flag with tribute to St George's Day 2013 Though the lettering is not, as the article claims, derived from the Bayeux Tapestry . Those are called historiated initials , and they are a feature of illuminated manuscripts.  You can see the tapestry for yourself: An image that has been floating around the internet lately that really was created in the style of the Bayeux Tapestry would be this brilliant piece of Star Wars fan art: link to original image: So, as I was saying, Happy St. George's Day; and don't forget, a little bit of medieval cultural literacy goes a long way towards a proper understanding of internet humor.

Museums and Libraries Online

If you're a busy mom like me, and only have time for research while your children are sleeping, there are great resources out there for exploring the great art museums and libraries of the world. Here are two I've been playing with this week: Digital Public Library of America Google Art Project Next week I'll post some of the images I've compiled from these sources. For now, check out the Sobieski Book of Hours (1420-1425)