Tag: Middle Ages

Thursday update: Hugo II

Thursday update on a Saturday:

Still not well at all, so don’t go outside much, let alone Bruges. This post is going to be mostly an info dump.

WIP: depends on how well I feel, so mostly in short bursts. Working on several things at the same time in art school, mostly semi-abstract landscapes and anatomical studies. At home: working on the two Burgundians (new layer on the background), Ilion, and two portraits, including a fictional portrait of Egidius, based on some sketches I made last week. I erased that last one yesterday evening, going to start over from scratch. I have an idea for a new Burgundian painting too. Also, the B’s portrait is driving me mad. The library book which has a good close-up picture of the original is due this week so I have to finish his face the coming days but it’s not going anywhere.

My brother tipped me off on a new book about Burgundians. It’s written by a comedian or something, not sure what it will be like, it supposedly contains a lot of anecdotes. I am quite curious. My brain is already overflowing with anecdotes and useless Burgundian info, to the point that I even know what sort of toothpaste the B used. The local bookshops were already sold out (of the book, not the B’s toothpaste) so I’ll have to be patient until Wednesday. Burgundians are still hot apparently. I forgot the title and the author but it’s got good old Philippe on the cover.

Apart from reading a couple short biographies, I haven’t done any other research regarding “the sword in the stone”on purpose but gathered more info by accident.

When I was researching Egidius, my supposed ancestor, the past couple weeks (see earlier posts) I came across an online version of a medieval chronicle by Enguerrand de Monstrel via a simple online search for a certain d’Oignies (can’t recall his or her first name atm) who appears somewhere in the charts. Enguerrand from above writes about a certain Philippe d’Oignies who fought together with Charles the Bold (and died, nb). There is a footnote about Philippe d’Oignies in Enguerrand: “Some call him Gilles”. Gilles is the French form of Egidius (Also spelled Aegidius). However , though this is interesting and a bizarre coincidence, Philippe and “my” Egidius have nothing to do with one another, they’re not even from the same time period, so there is nothing further to investigate about them for the moment. There is a place with the name Oignies in France and one in Belgium so it’s not yet clear to me which d’Oignies my research subject originates from. I have put the Egidius quest on the back burner at the moment, because I’m stuck.

On Wednesday I popped into the thrift store on my way home from an errand. The novel section contained mostly the same old Twilight/Dan Brown/Fifty shades selection but for the first time in months there was a large supply of new non-fiction books. This resulted in two new additions to my collection. The first one is a catalogue about Lodewijk van Gruuthuuse (1422-1492).

I am not going to explain in detail who LvG is here but you can check Lodewijk van Gruuthuse‘s history on Wikipedia (insert disclaimer for the errors here). The ticket of the exhibition in 1992 where this catalogue was probably originally acquired was still stuck somewhere between the pages.

Gruuthuuse was likely the owner of the manuscript that was named after him and which contains middle Dutch prayers, songs and poems. One of the poems in this manuscript is ‘Egidius waer bestu bleven’.

Another book I came across, probably from the same collection donated to the recycling shop:

I have no idea what it looks like on the inside. It is still covered in plastic. The short description of this book on Bol is not very positive, though, lol.

Yesterday morning, while I was filling some boxes, I absentmindedly leafed through a book from the family collection and came across a bookmark on a page about (the somewhat bizarre imho) Marie d’Oignies. I didn’t know who she was so I looked up some information about her, see link. Note that there are several inaccuracies in the English version of the wiki page. Marie was a 12/th 13th century mystic, connected with the priory of Oignies (B). During my earlier research concerning d’Oignies, I had already come across Hugo d’Oignies. He is not the Hugo of the earlier post, that was the painter Hugo van der Goes. Hugo of Oignies was a renowned 12th/13th century metalworker and jeweler, who crafted many reliquaries. As for time period, this is somewhat later than the time Thierry d’Alsace returned from Constantinople. Not sure if some of it is connected in any way.

Book cover with a self portrait of Hugo (Image: Wikipedia)

Hugo is one of the four brothers that founded the priory of Oignies. One of those brothers was called Gilles de Walcourt, who is not only also called Egidius in places, but seems to have some ties to my original Egidius research too. There are also a number of other odd coincidental links, so more work to be done.

Chalice that supposedly belonged to Gilles de Walcourt (Image: Wikipedia)


Dead ends

Melencolia I by Albrecht Dürer

The past week I have not been well at all, and did not go out much. I’ve spent several days travelling back and forth between 1473 and 1667 AD, researching the gaps in the lives of two separate persons. There are not many online documents to consult, certainly not before 1600, and what I’ve found is incomplete, eaten by rodents, not accurate or just plain wrong, because people who wrote the information down didn’t double check facts or even thought logically (it seems very unlikely to me that an elderly – illegitimate child and all – priest would have a go at jousting, e.g.). I have ended up in many dead alleys and it’s very frustrating. At the same time definitely getting better at deciphering 17th century manuscripts in Latin.

As for the research on the B, I have finished the chronicles of Jean de Haynin on Christmas day and am now reading Olivier de la Marche’s memoires. It’s a scan of a 19th century edition, in old French that’s not too hard to understand. Halfway through the third volume of four so far.

Art project is also not going according to plan. I have finished the miniatures and am putting the book together. I smeared most of the glue and paint in my hair, made a couple big stains in the book and cut my hand, so far not so good. I just saw some cakes that were better painted on the internet so I am ready to throw the book out of the window. Maybe the Righteous Judges in miniature format was a bit too ambitious.

Some creepy nightmares, my brain warning me to take it easy. It will all fall into place, I’m sure, just not now.

Couple samples of gouache/ink/watercolour paintings:

Nicolas Rolin and a dragon.
More or less copied from a prayer book of the B.

The Rebis

 

The document ‘Gideon is coming’  with the – pretty bloody – quest for the Rebis is ready. This is a work in progress. I still have a lot of research to do.

I have put a password on it, but the self-hosted WP won’t let me upload a document with a password, so mail me for the document if you’re interested. And sign a NDA, obviously.

Note that our poltergeist has not gone yet. The cat keeps attacking invisible enemies and I haven’t had a decent night’s sleep for ages.

Maugis the Bewitched


WIP – The battle of Ilion

The battle of Ilion WIP. Third painting in the Tibi Soli series.

This is how messy my first layers always look. I am painting over the first layer of something I changed my mind about.

Also I am learning as I go to paint this weirdly disproportioned, somewhat comical 1500ish people and horses.

I am a big fan of Loyset Liédet. Technically, he wasn’t the best illustrator but his drawings are always very dynamic.

This is supposed to be serious but it’s hilarious.

Also by Liédet I believe. Look at those hats. The one on the right looks like a 15th century version of a hipster. And the biggest oddity of all: why is that man in the front wearing two different shoes? And there is even a clock in the background.


Double take

I ran into this picture while I was checking something about the death of Charles the Bold, for the document I’m drafting up.

Apparently there are some vintage collectible pictures circulating around showing important moments in history, issued by Liebig.

The line above translates as “Real meat extract Liebig”. Now, nothing special about Liebig, it was one of the things my grandmothers always had in stock.

But that line advertising meat extract above a picture of the gruesome death of the Bold is HA HA HA, quite morbid.

This image is also available as an Alamy stock image.

Get it? Literally a stock image.

HA HA HA again.

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NB I have updated the Seven Sacraments page with some info.


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