Tag: Medieval

Saint Martin

This is the most unusual portrait of Saint Martin I’ve come across so far. First of all he looks fairly female. Secondly, the beggar is taller than him, even though the saint is sitting on a horse with bad acne. This is a fresco from the San Marti church in Puigbo (Spain). The fresco dates from the 12th century.

The more common images of Saint Martin depict him as either a man in fancy contemporary clothes or (more true to the original saint) as a soldier in Roman armour, with the begaar leaning on a stick and looking up, such as this one:

Image from Wikipedia

Flipje!

Dit is het boek waar ik het eerder over had. Gisteren gaan ophalen bij de lokale boekenboer. Nog niet in begonnen. Het zal me wel een aantal avonden zoet houden want het boek is tamelijk dik (bijna 600 blz).

De Flip ziet er op zijn portretten altijd heel seutig/paterachtig uit. Niet te geloven dat dat zo’n fuifnummer en vrouwengek was, eigenlijk.


The sword in the stone: In sickness and in health

The past night, long past twelve and buried under the covers, I watched Requiem. In hindsight it wasn’t probably the best idea to watch this in the middle of the night. Also, the ending was not what I expected.

This evening I came across a curious book while I was clearing up some boxes with books from the family archives. It had some portraits of Burgundians in them.

Mary of Burgundy:

And good old Flipje, slightly strange drawing as well:

The title page of the book: Hereditary diseases, roughly translated

The book is basically about heriditary deformities and diseases of the descendants of Charles Quint, but it also contains some information on Charles the Bold and his ancestors. I’m curious if there is something new to learn. At the end of the book there is also a chapter about that dude that Google’s Art & Culture thinks I look like, Charles II.

So, indeed, I haven’t read the book yet but I think it’s safe to say that the conclusion will be: Don’t marry your cousin (too often).


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