Archive for the ‘Arts’ category

Decoding Anglo-Saxon art: The British Museum

May 29th, 2014

Rosie Weetch, curator, and Craig Williams, illustrator, British Museum provide a brief guide for understanding the transition of Anglo-Saxon art between the 5th and 11th centuries in a recent blog post on The British Museum’s website. Based on three significant examples (a 6th century Isle of Wight brooch, a Sutton Hoo gold buckle, and the Fuller Brooch), they show how styles shifted from the birds’ heads and often obscure figures to the Trewhiddle Style in the 9th century with the Fuller Brooch. A fascinating and brief view into some beautiful works of art.

Sutton Hoo gold buckle; Source: The British Museum blog (5/28/2014)

Codex Sinaiticus added to BL digitised manuscript collection

March 24th, 2014

Codex Sinaiticus (detail) (Source: julianharrison.typepad.com)

From http://britishlibrary.typepad.co.uk/digitisedmanuscripts/2014/03/codex-sinaiticus-added-to-digitised-manuscripts.html

Codex Sinaiticus is one of the great treasures of the British Library. Written in the mid-4th century in the Eastern Mediterranean (possibly at Caesarea), it is one of the two oldest surviving copies of the Greek Bible, along with Codex Vaticanus, in Rome. Written in four narrow columns to the page (aside from in the Poetic books, in two columns), its visual appearance is particularly striking. – See more at: http://britishlibrary.typepad.co.uk/digitisedmanuscripts/2014/03/codex-sinaiticus-added-to-digitised-manuscripts.html#sthash.n8q28qlL.dpuf

J.R.R. Tolkien’s Beowulf Translation to be published in May

March 19th, 2014

From The Guardian today: “Hwæt! Almost 90 years after JRR Tolkien translated the 11th-century poem Beowulf, The Lord of the Rings author’s version of the epic story is to be published for the first time in an edition which his son Christopher Tolkien says sees his father ‘enter[ing] into the imagined past’ of the heroes.”

Read the rest of the article at theguardian.com and more information at the custom website for the publication: http://www.tolkienbeowulf.com