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The Graphic Designer Continues to Make Us Happy by Redesigning Famous Logos in Medieval Style

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Graphic designer Ilya Stallone (previously featured) is well-known for his series of famous brand logos in medieval style. But he does not stop there and continues this series with new works. Continue reading »

40 Times Medieval Painters Had No Idea How Something Looked And Created “Weird Medieval Guys”, As Shared On This Twitter Page

possibly the cutest ever rendition of a bat, england, 13th century
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From illuminated manuscripts to tapestries, mosaics and stained glass, the medieval period is known for its many art forms and its miscellaneous executions. Continue reading »

Artist Spent 3 Months Drawing A Mythological Medieval World Map On Door

According to Mario Yaír T.S.: “After being locked up for several months, I decided to decorate my door with miniature monsters from medieval times. Somehow, along the way, it became a medieval map full of symbolism, some carefully planted Easter eggs, and overall a filled canvas with various references that can leave one more than just curious.

The monsters that filled this door canvas are not only from Europe, but also from other continents too. Therefore, that’s why it took me a while to fill in the map as I took a lot of references from various cultures from around the world.”

The sketch

“It all started on an ordinary day of the quarantine, and like most of the days, this one too was filled with a lot of boredom and a still clean door. So I looked up some sea monsters and drew them. When I realized they looked lonely, I sketched a complete map.” Continue reading »

Medieval Branding: Famous Logos Recreated As Medieval Brands

Ilya Denisov aka Ilya Stallone created a series of works “Medieval Branding” where he reimagines what the logos of famous modern brands would look like during the middle ages. Continue reading »

The Apocalypse: The Colorful Medieval Illustrations About The End of The Days, 1330

The Dragon and the Beasts Cast into Hell

The Apocalypse, or Book of Revelation, was, according to European medieval tradition, written by John the Evangelist during his exile on the Greek island of Patmos. Continue reading »

A Collection of Medieval Marginalia that Have Been Turned Into Memes

Marginalia are drawings (often very frivolous!) that medieval monks left in the margins of manuscripts. Thanks to this little liberty, there is now such a phenomenon as “medieval memes.” Continue reading »

Medieval Artists Were Really Bad At Drawing Lions

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

Grotesque Medieval Music Sheets From Chansonnier of Zeghere van Male from 1542

The 16th-century scribes of Bruges had a lot of fun illuminating this musical manuscript, because it’s full of gorgeous, fascinating and downright bizarre illustrations. The song book is called the Cambrai Chansonnier and was made for the pleasure of aristocratic local Zeghere van Male. Continue reading »

Medieval Visions of Hell, Satan, Demons And Cabbalistic Signs From A 1775 Compendium Of Horrors

These are Visions of Hell, Satan and Demons according to the Compendium rarissimum totius Artis Magicae sistematisatae per celeberrimos Artis hujus Magistros, 1775 – (translation: “A rare summary of the entire Magical Art by the most famous Masters of this Art.”) Continue reading »

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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 »

Rare and Fascinating Historical Photos of Pasta Production From the 1920s to 1950s

A worker hangs pasta to dry in a factory in Italy. 1932.
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Pasta is an integral part of Italy’s food history. Wherever Italians immigrated they have brought their pasta along, so much so that today it can be considered a staple of international cuisine. Continue reading »

271 Years Before Pantone, an Artist Cataloged Thousands of Color Swatches in a Book From the 17th Century

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Before we had Pantone Color Guide, there was no universally recognized system to identify colors. But there were attempts to make it, and probably the most impressive one came from the artist known only as A. Boogert, who back in 1692 created an impressive piece of literature about mixing colors. Continue reading »

Woodstock Castle: One of The Craziest Homes We’ve Ever Seen


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With soaring turrets and a striking stone facade, 450 Brickyard Road in Woodstock, Connecticut, is a home fit for a king or queen – or at least anyone willing to shell out a royal sum. The estate, dubbed “Woodstock Castle,” or the “Chrismark Castle.” Continue reading »