Why So Many Medieval Manuscripts Depict Butt Trumpets?

Why So Many Medieval Manuscripts Depict Butt Trumpets?

Knights fighting giant snails, rabbits murdering people, countless paintings of cats licking their butts, weird elephants …and now men and animals playing trumpets with their rear ends… Medieval art is really confusing and quite random. If you have any idea why artists were so obsessed with these themes, please leave a comment below. Continue reading »

How Medieval Artists Saw Elephants: Claws, Hooves, Trunks Like Trumpets, And Castles On Their Backs

How Medieval Artists Saw Elephants: Claws, Hooves, Trunks Like Trumpets, And Castles On Their Backs

Imagine a four-legged beast with no knee joints that cannot lie down and has to sleep leaning against a tree. An animal with a long, skinny trumpet for a nose. A creature large enough that one can build small castles on its back. It lives for 300 years and is afraid of mice. Its mortal enemy is the dragon. It must “travel to the East, near Paradise, where the mandrake grows” when it comes time to mate. Now draw this thing. Continue reading »

Sleeping With The Devil: A Weird And Wonderful Collection Of Medieval Bedroom Hijinks With Creatures From Hell

The Conception of Merlin – Histoire de Merlin, France (Poitiers), 1450-1455. BNF, Français 96, fol. 62v
Sleeping With The Devil: A Weird And Wonderful Collection Of Medieval Bedroom Hijinks With Creatures From Hell

The Middle English Prose Merlin at Cambridge University Library MS Ff.3.11, apparently written near the middle of the fifteenth century, not long before Thomas Malory was composing Morte D’Arthur, is thought the earliest piece of Arthurian literature written in English prose. Continue reading »

Why So Many Medieval Manuscripts Depict Violent Rabbits?

Why So Many Medieval Manuscripts Depict Violent Rabbits?

Medieval art sure is weird. We’ve already featured People Happily Dying, Battle Snails and Cats Licking Their Butts galleries. For some strange reason medieval artists also loved painting violent rabbits on a murderous rampage. If you have any idea why, please leave a comment below. Continue reading »

People In Medieval Art Who’re Getting Murdered But Just Don’t Give A Damn

People In Medieval Art Who’re Getting Murdered But Just Don’t Give A Damn

Medieval manuscripts were the imageboards of their day, full of murderous illustrations, however for some strange reason many people look as if they were bored with life anyway and their killer did them a service all while enjoying it himself. Scroll down to see the funniest examples of medieval art where people are getting killed but just don’t give a damn. Continue reading »

A Group Of Czech Students Recreate Weird And Strange Scenes From Medieval Books

A Group Of Czech Students Recreate Weird And Strange Scenes From Medieval Books

Legalization of marijuana in the Czech Republic has brought about the effect of. But the effects are different. In an old castle of Pořešín, for example, you can see a group of Czech students recreate strange scenes from old printings. Continue reading »

Weird Medieval Paintings Of Cats Licking Their Butts

Weird Medieval Paintings Of Cats Licking Their Butts

Medieval monks were put to work making “illuminated manuscripts” – holy books in which every page was filled with beautiful works of art. Sometimes, they would fill the page with beautiful patterns of flowers and ivy. Sometimes, they would add depth to the words by illustrating the stories. And sometimes, they’d just draw cats licking their butts. Continue reading »

The Snail Family In Medieval Art

The Snail Family In Medieval Art

Erik Wade presents us with a bestiary of sorts, a collection of medieval snail art that shows how medieval monks combined snails with people, cats, dogs, deer, unicorns, birds, chickens, rabbits, monkeys, pigs, and other creatures. Maybe there’s some symbolism here, but I believe that snails are just an easy doodle that you can turn into something else. If you make half the animal a snail, then you don’t have to draw legs or whatever- just a spiral. Continue reading »

People Getting Stabbed In Medieval Art Who Just Don’t Give A Damn

People Getting Stabbed In Medieval Art Who Just Don’t Give A Damn

Medieval manuscripts were the imageboards of their day, full of murderous illustrations, however for some strange reason many people look as if they were bored with life anyway and their killer did them a service. Scroll down to see the funniest examples of medieval art where people are getting stabbed but just don’t give a damn. Continue reading »

Ugly Medieval Paintings Of Cats

Ugly Medieval Paintings Of Cats

While medieval artists excelled at painting religious scenes, portraits of royalty and naked ladies, cats offered an altogether different challenge. It looks like the medieval painters never laid eyes on a cat. Continue reading »

Stunning Medieval Wonder Woman Battle Armor Fit For An Amazon Princess

Stunning Medieval Wonder Woman Battle Armor Fit For An Amazon Princess

Wonder Woman has gone through a few costume redesigns over the years but she keeps coming back to some form of armor, because she’s a warrior through and through. Continue reading »

Amazing Modern Stairs In A Medieval Tower In Denmark

Amazing Modern Stairs In A Medieval Tower In Denmark

Situated in Denmark, the Kalø Tower is a 700 year old historical building. While inaccessible, the architecture studio MAP created a modern spiral staircase turning the place into a superb vantage point mixing archeology and contemporary design. Continue reading »

Batman: The Dark Knight Goes Medieval

Batman: The Dark Knight Goes Medieval
Imagine Batman in Medieval Europe circa 1459, suited in full plate mail armor and ready to bash in the faces of evildoers with his gauntleted fists. Artist Igor Kieryluk has, with a set of concept art titled “Gotham 1459.” Granted, the Dark Knight would probably not be as acrobatic and agile in all that heavy armor (he can forget about scaling castle walls with a grappling hook). Perhaps as a wealthy lord he would be able to secure the help of a mysterious alchemist to develop something more flexible and lightweight. Continue reading »

Pageboy: One Of Iconic Women’s Hairstyles Of The 1970s

Pageboy: One Of Iconic Women’s Hairstyles Of The 1970s

The pageboy is a modern hairstyle named after what was believed to be the “pudding-basin” haircut of a late medieval page boy. It has straight hair hanging to below the ear, where it usually turns under. There is often a fringe (bangs) in the front. Continue reading »

Amazing Photographs Of Carrie Fisher On A Fire Escape In New York City, 1977

Amazing Photographs Of Carrie Fisher On A Fire Escape In New York City, 1977

Here are some rare moments of Carrie Fisher at her home in New York City in 1977. The actress, best known for playing Princess Leia in the Star Wars series, called the Big Apple home in the late 1970s and early 1980s while she was coupled with musician Paul Simon. Continue reading »

Stunning Photos Of The Notre Dame Cathedral Covered By Sandbags During The World War I

Stunning Photos Of The Notre Dame Cathedral Covered By Sandbags During The World War I

Notre-Dame de Paris (meaning “Our Lady of Paris”), referred to simply as Notre-Dame, is a medieval Catholic cathedral in the 4th arrondissement of Paris. The cathedral was consecrated to the Virgin Mary and considered to be one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture. Continue reading »

Meet The Russian Who Walks Around The City During The Coronavirus Pandemic – Dressed As A Plague Doctor

Meet The Russian Who Walks Around The City During The Coronavirus Pandemic - Dressed As A Plague Doctor

A man in the costume of a plague doctor walks along the Kaliningrad streets, a Russian exclave on the Baltic Sea. It is sandwiched between Poland and Lithuania along the Baltic coast. The people look at the tall, thin figure in black with surprise. Continue reading »

An Authentic 16th Century Plague Doctor Mask Preserved And On Display At The German Museum Of Medical History

An Authentic 16th Century Plague Doctor Mask Preserved And On Display At The German Museum Of Medical History

This authentic 16th century plague doctor mask has been preserved over the years and is currently on display at the German Museum of Medical History in Ingolstadt.⁣ This was the first design of the Plague Doctor’s mask. During medieval Europe, there were two main theories of how diseases were spread and contracted: the Four Humors theory, and the Miasma theory. Continue reading »

A Painting Or A Meme? A Look At Joseph Ducreux

A Painting Or A Meme? A Look At Joseph Ducreux
Self-portrait in the Guise of a Mockingbird, 1791

We don’t know a lot about Joseph Ducreux, but he sure looks like he had sense of humor. A portrait artist in during the reign of Louis XVI of France, Ducreux survives the French revolution, and worked along side of painters like Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun, and Jacques-Louis David. Continue reading »

Faces Of M’era Luna, The World’s Biggest Goth And Steampunk Festival

Faces Of M’era Luna, The World's Biggest Goth And Steampunk Festival
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Every year, the M’era Luna Festival on the Drispenstedt airfield in Hildesheim is a meeting place for the Goth scene from all over Europe, in order to spend a peaceful and relaxed weekend with old and new friends. Continue reading »

Incredibly Realistic Sculptures Of People Who Lived Thousands Of Years Ago By Oscar Nilsson

Incredibly Realistic Sculptures Of People Who Lived Thousands Of Years Ago By Oscar Nilsson

Oscar Nilsson is a Swedish sculptor and archaeologist who specializes in reconstructing faces. In one of his recent projects, he used his skills to hand-sculpt the faces of a handful of people who lived hundreds, some even thousands, of years ago using their excavated bones as a reference, giving us a unique glimpse of how those people might have looked like. Continue reading »

19 Times People Took An Ordinary Photo And Got A Renaissance Masterpiece

“My friends and I got lost in the city during 90 degree weather. This photo was taken after we finally found some good air conditioning.”
19 Times People Took An Ordinary Photo And Got A Renaissance Masterpiece
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Sometimes it happens that you just push the button of your camera but eventually you get something similar to the paintings of the famous Italian artists. In order to share photos like that, Reddit users even created a special community called Accidental Renaissance. Continue reading »

“One Photo, Four Seasons”: This Is How 8 Different Locations Around The World Look Across The Four Seasons

"One Photo, Four Seasons": This Is How 8 Different Locations Around The World Look Across The Four Seasons

Have you ever felt like you have all the energy in the world during the summer and could go without sleep and as soon as winter comes, you’d rather warp yourself in a warm blanket and conserve energy until it starts blooming? The annual cycle not only leaves fingerprints on scenery around us, it majorly affects our lifestyle, habits and moods. Continue reading »

Super Sleek, Modern And Minimalist Playing Cards By Joe Doucet

Super Sleek, Modern And Minimalist Playing Cards By Joe Doucet

According to Joe Doucet: “A good number of projects begin as internal experiments in the studio. Minim is one such project. Invited to a friend’s poker night, it occurred to me while looking a the cards that there was a great deal of historical baggage and useless information in a contemporary deck of playing cards such as the repetition of the number and suit on the face of the cards. For example: How many times do you count the ten spades laid out in the center of the card vs just reading the number 10 and the spade in the upper left hand corner? Why do cards have an orientation at all when all of the pertinent information is contained in a small portion of the cards visible when fanned out? Then there’s the Medieval reference to a royal hierarchy. It seemed to me that playing cards were a great vehicle for an experiment in reduction. Continue reading »

Chernobyl & Pompeii: 2018 Historical Photographer Of The Year Names Finalists

Famous places and cultural sites all around the world, from popular national treasures to hidden pearls not widely known, are celebrated in the awards.

The 2018 Historical Photographer of The Year is a competition that is judged according to originality, composition and technical learning, as well as the story motivating the submission and its historical meaning. Sputnik’s photo gallery gives you a glimpse into some of the most interesting places of historical significance.

Chernobyl & Pompeii: 2018 Historical Photographer Of The Year Names Finalists
The Red Sands Sea Forts are part of the WW2 fortifications of Great Britain. The forts were built to support the protection of London from aerial attacks in WW2. © PHOTO: MARK EDWARDS/HISTORIC PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR Continue reading »