Tag: Middle Ages

2020 – 1

First post of the year. It’s strange how much things can change in a couple weeks…

First week of the Christmas holiday was mostly spent removing the last items and rubbish from the house of my parents. Second week was spent on the couch, being ill. Backlash of the rather tiring weeks before and some virus that was going around.

Still busy with the Bold, but I’m swimming around in murky waters and can’t see where I’m heading. Everything is connected but there is a giant Gordian knot in the middle I have to entangle first.

Painted a great many, mostly small scenes on paper the past few weeks. Every now and then I put something on IG, not sure if I should keep doing that. The walls have ears. I should put more stuff on this site, I have more time now. (Until some new issue/task comes up, that is…)

Finished watching The Witcher and Lost in Space, and this weekend when we were away I watched Wolf Hall on my laptop in the evenings while the rest were playing boardgames. A few years ago I got the book as a present but I couldn’t get through it, the style of writing is very confusing. The tv series is quite good, though. The main actor is convincing (though not so fond of the one playing Henry VIII and Claire is also a bit too much over the top) and the costumes and props, and the lighting looked realistic.

Last weekend we were away on the tradition annual in law family gathering, somewhere in the Ardennes. Here are some pics:

Marcourt village
The Ourthe river. The white chapel on the hill is St Thibaud’s chapel.
The chapel’s interior.
According to the info sign, the remains of the watchtower of the old castle lie under this hill. It was destroyed in 1413 by order of Anthony of Burgundy/Brabant, brother of John the Fearless, Charles the Bold’s grandfather. Anthony died a couple years later, in the battle of Agincourt (i.e. the battle that Henry V won).
There are cabins in the woods, and then there are toilets in the woods.
Not going to make the obvious joke again (medieval cars)…

Short Update

So far I haven’t finished any real paintings at the academy or at home this autumn. I have produced countless sketches, mostly on A4 paper or smaller, none of them meant to last as none of these pieces of paper were prepared with gesso and they will fall apart after some time, no doubt. Just like we do. I am stalling, I know. Postponing. An empty white canvas is daunting.

I am planning a series of works based on the ballad of Heer Halewijn, which is an interesting and rather gruesome tale.

Some sketches:

Still busy with Charles the Bold research. Read some autopsy reports and an account of Louis XI hemmorrhoids, absolutely captivating. One thing leads to another and I somehow ended up in a 1944 movie based on Shakespeare’s Henry V. Charles the Bold is somewhat related to Henry the V but was born 11 years after the latter’s death. I am trying to get hold of a dvd of the movie but it’s not so simple. Until then I make do with hazy pictures and crappy YT clips. I admit I love overly camp movies. Laurence Olivier has great charisma. Probably would have been a good choice to play the Bold except the Bold never smiled and wasn’t such a smooth speaker.

Anyway, made some rough studies in pencil, artisan and oil:

Spoiler alert: they won.

That’s about it, I guess….


Fine dramatic personalities

The past few evenings I binge watched Knightfall season 2. Ignore the Imdb score, season 2 is even better than season 1. Not exactly historically accurate but extremely entertaining nonetheless.

The past couple months I’ve spent most of my art time at home preparing my book with ideas and sketches for art school. Can’t show any of that yet (academy policy). But this week I have started work on the Burgundian paintings again at home.

Background music currently playing: the Unicorn ensemble with Rosa das rosas.

Gilles is a dead end but the Jacques are intriguing. Their coat of arms could be a lead.

(Re-)discovered an extra source of medieval inspiration, somewhat predating – or postdating as it’s based a play by the Bard – Charles the Bold: Henry V in superscope, aka Laurence Olivier rocking a bowl cut. Here is the link on YouTube:

In Superscope!


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.


Site update: Pictures of the Seven Sacraments

I have uploaded the pictures I took of the Seven Sacraments altarpiece by Rogier van der Weyden on a separate page under the menu (see above or on the right). I have not yet added my personal thoughts and background information.

The page can be found here:

V. Documents & Background > The Dukes of Burgundy > The Seven Sacraments by Rogier van der Weyden


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