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San Giorgio

SAN GIORGIO

The Church celebrates today the feast day of Saint George. Being one of the most popular and venerated Saints in Christianity, George is also very frequently depicted in many medieval manuscripts: although many are the legends surrounding the Saint, the […]

Costruzione di Roma

AB URBE CONDITA

April 21 remarks the traditional date of the founding of Rome, the supposed day on which Romulus would have founded the City in 753 BC. The date was identified by the 1st century Roman scholar Varro: by accepting the writings of […]

Astronomi

GLI UOMINI E IL CIELO

  Ever since the dawn of humanity, the sky and space as a whole have always been both a great dream and goal for humankind. The Space Race of the 20th century, from this point of view, may also be […]

Battaglia di Legnica

LA BATTAGLIA DI LEGNICA

On April 9, 1241, one of the most relevant battles between the expanding Mongol Empire and the European forces took place. The battlefield was that of Legnica, in the Silesian province of Poland; the invasion of Poland was, however, but […]

Fasi lunari

LE FASI DELLA LUNA

“The appearance of the Moon in the sky”, illumination from the manuscript “Les premières Œuvres de JACQUES DEVAULX, pillote en la marine”, ms. Français 150, f. 24v, 1583, Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département des manuscrits, Paris.   «O, swear not by the moon, […]

Giardino del Piacere

ARIA APERTA

Today is Easter Monday, the day after Easter and a public holiday in many countries of the world, such as most of Europe, Quebec, and Australia, as well as large parts of Africa. In many of these countries, most Easter Monday […]

Resurrezione

PASQUA

With Easter Sunday we conclude our brief look at some of the many illuminations depicting the events of the Holy Week. Easter day is, of course, the most important day of the Week – but not only; it is, in […]

Discesa agli Inferi

DISCESA AGLI INFERI

“Harrowing of Hell”, illumination from the manuscript “Speculum humanae salvationis”, ms. Harley 2838, f. 33v, between 1485 and 1509, British Library, London.   Although not officially described in any of the Gospels, the Harrowing of Hell is a pillar of Christianity; as such, […]

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