Mosaics are often called ‘eternal pictures.’ Hard-wearing and durable, mosaics survive from ancient cultures giving valuable insights into times past.
When exploring art galleries and museums it always amazes me that so many rare and fragile items have survived from the Middle Ages. The fact that so much survives is possibly due to old customs of burying the dead together with their personal possessions. The objects found, ranging from simple household goods to luxury glass […]
Nicholas Hilliard, England’s first home-grown artist of international repute, is best remembered for exquisite miniature portraits.
Microscopic works of art are fascinating. They not only show the superb virtuoso skills of their makers, but they also record the world in miniature.
Murasaki Shikibu, the world’s first novelist, forged the cultural DNA of her country through a scandalous tale of fragile love and human suffering.