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How a 12th century saint of soul put female sexuality in words

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Whenever anybody impresses upon me the "darkness" of the Middle Ages, I am reminded of this saint and the fact that she wrote about the female ...
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For me, one of the most inspiring artists comes from 12th century Germany, a time rich in Christian ritualism and emphasis on morality. At such a time, Hildegard of Bingen or Saint Hildegard was revered as a saint and a musician, and also as a writer, playwright and scientist. She is the first music composer whose biography is known, and the first time anyone in history describes the female orgasm. “When a woman is making love with a man, a sense of heat in her brain, which brings with it sensual delight, communicates the taste of that delight during the act and summons forth the emission of the man's seed. And when the seed has fallen into its place, that vehement heat descending from her brain draws the seed to itself and holds it, and...
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Experience Jerusalem at the Metropolitan Museum in NYC | Faith Matters

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In the Middle Ages, thousands made pilgrimages to Jerusalem in what was described as a "Jerusalem fever." It was fought over, merchants profited, ...
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Entering the grand aula of the Metropolitan Museum of Art is a lot like entering Holy Rosary Church in downtown Jersey City, where I grew up. There are statues - St. Peter and the Blessed Mother among others- and religious artifacts surrounding the large, artificial Christmas tree in the center. Around it are large figurines depicting Bethlehem when Jesus was born.  The statuary, sculptures, tapestries and art reveal the close relationship between the Church and artists through the centuries.  Then wander upstairs to The Tisch Galleries to see the Jerusalem exhibit and go back in time but also witness the Jerusalem of today in video screens depicting trade, commerce, tourism, the diversity of peoples and special themes like "The Air of H...
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Opus Anglicanum: Masterpieces of English Medieval Embroidery

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By the latter part of the thirteenth century, the influence of the mercers within England's textile trade had greatly increased. While, in the earlier part of ...
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“The Life of The Virgin,” detail from an embroidery, possibly for an alb or liturgical vestment, 1320–40. Silk velvet, embroidered with silver-gilt, silver and silk thread. Victoria and Albert Museum, London By Karla Klein Albertson LONDON – “Opus Anglicanum: Masterpieces of English Medieval Embroidery,” through February 5 at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, brings together the most impressive gathering of early English needlework ever assembled for display. More than 100 rare and fragile works dating from the Twelfth to Fifteenth Centuries are carefully arrayed to allow a closer view of the embroidery’s incredible detail. Many pieces are drawn from the museum’s renowned collection of textiles, while others are returning to England f...
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Most of Asuka Buddha's face in Japan thought to be from seventh century

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According to the records, the Asuka Great Buddha was damaged in a fire in the Kamakura period (late 12th century to early 14th century). It is believed ...
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ASUKA: Most of the face of the seventh-century Asuka Great Buddha, the main image at Asukadera temple, is original, despite historical records suggesting it was damaged in a fire centuries later, researchers have determined.The 275-centimeter-tall Buddha statue is believed to have been cast by Kuratsukurino Tori and completed in 609. It was a national treasure before World War II, but under the postwar Protection of Cultural Properties Law it did not receive this designation, due to the unclear status of its heritage. It has been designated an important cultural property.According to the records, the Asuka Great Buddha was damaged in a fire in the Kamakura period (late 12th century to early 14th century). It is believed to be the first B...
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Black Death "plague pit" with 48 skeletons is "extremely rare" find

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A 14th-century mass burial pit full of victims of the Black Death has been discovered at the site of a medieval monastery hospital, according to ...
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A 14th-century mass burial pit full of victims of the Black Death has been discovered at the site of a medieval monastery hospital, according to archaeologists.Researchers uncovered 48 skeletons — 27 of which were children — at an “extremely rare” Black Death burial site in Lincolnshire, in the United Kingdom, they said. DNA testing of teeth that were uncovered at the site revealed the existence of plague bacteria, the scientists said.The presence of such a large burial site suggests that the community was overwhelmed by the number of victims of the Black Death, said lead archaeologist Hugh Willmott, a senior lecturer in European historical archaeology at the University of Sheffield. A mass grave would have been the easiest way to cope w...
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Sotheby's Old Masters Day Sale, London, Dec 8

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A tempera and gilding on panel triptych from the 14th century Umbrian School, depicting “The Crucifixion” in the central panel, “Saint James the ...
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What: Day sale of Old MastersWhere: Sotheby’s, 34-35 New Bond Street, Mayfair, London W1A 2AA, UKWhen: December 10:30AM GMTPublic Viewing: December 6, 9AM- 4:30PM GMT; December 7, 12PM- 5PM GMTTop Lots of the Sale:The auction includes excellent examples from most major schools of painting in Western Europe, featuring groups of paintings from important private collections, many of which have not been seen on the open market in recent times and are in excellent original condition. The sale particularly focuses on the Golden Age of Dutch and Flemish painting along with the Early British field. The top lots of the sale are:-An oil on canvas painting by John Frederick Herring Snr. titled ‘Matilda and Mameluke: The Finish of the 1827 St. Leger...
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ÖNB: Mittelalterliche Stundenbücher erzählen von Weihnachten

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ÖNB: Medieval Missals tell about Christmas
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24 Prachthandschriften aus dem Mittelalter“, von 7. Dezember bis 15. Jänner, Prunksaal der Österreichischen Nationalbibliothek. www.onb.ac.at) ...
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24 manuscript from the middle ages ", from 7 December to 15 January, State Hall of the Austrian national library. www.ONB.AC.at)...
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Wien (APA) - Ihre Farben leuchten seit 600 Jahren, die in Vitrinen aufgeschlagenen Büchlein laden förmlich ein zum Weiterblättern: Die Weihnachtsausstellung im Prunksaal der Österreichischen Nationalbibliothek erzählt die Weihnachtsgeschichte in mittelalterlichen Stundenbüchern. In prachtvollen Illustrationen schilderten und erweiterten die Buchmaler die biblischen Ereignisse für die persönliche Andacht. „Die Buchmaler haben wirklich versucht, die Geschichte von Christi Geburt ihren Leser nahezubringen“, so Katharina Kaska von der Handschriften-Sammlung bei der Pressekonferenz am heutigen Dienstag. Sie schmückten die eher kargen Informationen aus den Evangelien mittels Darstellungen apokrypher Texte, alttestamentarischer Referenzen oder ...
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Buchkunst - Schiff im Sturm

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Book art - ship in the storm
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Die Brüder Limburg schufen im Mittelalter herrliche Buchmalereien. ... Nur die Kunst des Mittelalters blieb von diesem Zuschreibungswahn bisher ...
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The Limburg brothers created splendid book paintings in the middle ages. ... Only the art of the middle ages remained so far this write-up delusions of...
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Die Brüder Limburg schufen im Mittelalter herrliche Buchmalereien. Ist nun ein neues Blatt aufgetaucht? Der Markt für alte Kunst ist eng bestückt. Umso zweifelhafter sind viele Neuentdeckungen, die in den vergangenen Jahren für Diskussionen sorgten: Bisher unbekannte "Originale" von Großmeistern wie Michelangelo und Raffael machten die Runde, die meisten davon erwiesen sich bei näherem Hinsehen als Werke drittklassiger Nachahmer. Nur die Kunst des Mittelalters blieb von diesem Zuschreibungswahn bisher weitgehend verschont. Nun ändert sich das. Auf einer Internet-Auktion im Jahr 2013 tauchte ein bislang unbekanntes, mit dreißig Federzeichnungen illustriertes Stundenbuch der Zeit um 1400 auf. Der angesehene Antiquar Heribert Tenschert erwa...
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Il faut sauver l'église du XIIe siècle

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We have to save the Church from the 12th century
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La municipalité lance une souscription en ligne pour rénover son édifice. Elle espère récolter 50 000 €. Le chantier est quant à lui estimé à 250 000 €.
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The municipality launched a subscription online to renovate its building. She hopes to collect €50,000. The site is estimated to be €250 000.
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La municipalité lance une souscription en ligne pour rénover son édifice. Elle espère récolter 50 000 €. Le chantier est quant à lui estimé à 250 000 €.Une grande première pour Dourdan. Afin de financer en partie la rénovation de l'église Saint-Germain l'Auxerrois, la municipalité vient de lancer une souscription en ligne. « Avec la raréfaction de l'argent public, on a souhaité diversifier les sources de financement et faire appel notamment au mécénat pour boucler le budget », commente le cabinet de la maire (PS) de Dourdan. L'objectif est de récolter 50 000 € sur les 250 000 € nécessaires au chantier. « On se donne jusqu'à fin 2017 », détaille Olivier Bouton, le 1er adjoint. Pour l'instant, 3 754 € ont été récoltés. Les donateurs récomp...
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D'anciens outils vikings découverts au Danemark

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Old vikings tools discovered in the Denmark
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On estime que la construction de cet édifice a été ordonnée par le roi Harald Ier de Danemark au Xe siècle. Vikings. © Flickr/ gafa kassim.
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It is estimated that the construction of this building has been ordered by the King Harald Ier of Denmark in the 10th century. Vikings. © Flickr / gafa kassim.
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Les spécialistes pensent qu'ils ont été utilisés pour construire des navires et les maisons des anciens navigateurs scandinaves. Les chercheurs ont mis au jour ces artefacts historiques cet été dans la mystérieuse forteresse circulaire viking de Borrering sur l'île de Seeland. On estime que la construction de cet édifice a été ordonnée par le roi Harald Ier de Danemark au Xe siècle. L'archéologue du Danish Castle Centre (Danmarks Borgcenter) Nanna Holm explique que cet ensemble d'outils est la première preuve directe de vie découverte autour de la forteresse. Selon l'une des versions, le propriétaire de ces outils pourrait être charpentier. Les archéologues continuent d'étudier les artefacts, très rouillés. Néanmoins ils ont déjà détermi...
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