Ghent Altarpiece by Jan van Eyck. Closed - central panels. source: Closer to van Eyck

The Art of Jan Van Eyck: An Optical Illusion

Jan van Eyck is perhaps the most prominent of all the Flemish Masters. This year, we are invited to Ghent to explore his optical revolution. Read More

Detail of Ursula by Jan van Eyck © Groeningemuseum, Musea Brugge, Bruges

Facing Van Eyck. The Miracle of the Detail

Come September, Brussels houses an exhibition focusing on the visually detailed techniques of Jan van Eyck and his work of art. Read More

St. Bavo Abbey in Ghent. Source: Wikipedia

The City of Ghent

We visit Ghent for the magnificent altarpiece painted by Hughes and Jan van Eyck in the 15thcentury,  but the Flemish city promises much more in terms of medieval charm. Read More

Ghent altarpiece. Source: Closer to Van Eyck

Ghent Altarpiece

In 1432, Jan and Hubert Van Eyck completed the famous altarpiece in Ghent, Recently restored, a beautiful website invites us to get “Get Closer to Jan van Eyck on the internet”. Read more

The Adoration of the Lamb. Restored. Detail of the altarpiece in Ghent. © KIK-IRPA

Portrait of the Victorious Lamb

The Mystic Lamb is at the centre of the famous Ghent Altarpiece by Jan van Eyck. Recently restored it challenges us to a moral combat. Read more

Garden of Love at the Court of Philippe the Good in Burgundy. Versailles. Source: Wikipedia

Huizinga’s The Autumn of the Middle Ages

Huizinga published The Autumn of the Middle Ages in 1919. Daring, colourful and controversial, the book has continued to inspire scholars. Read More

Detail of the Ghent Altarpiece © Kirkipa.be

The Ghent Altarpiece – Research and Conservation

Conservation carried out of the Gent Altarpiece since 2012 have revealed major overpainting covering the the original work of Jan and Hubert van Eyck. New book tells the story. Read more

News

Maarup church before the demolition. Source: mapio

Deserted Churches in Denmark 1050 -1536

14/03/2020

Denmark boasts of more than 1550 medieval churches in continuous use since the 11th and 12th centuries. Less known is that a number of other churches were deserted already in the Middle Ages. Read more

Becket reliquary © The Dean and Chapter at Canterbury Cathedral

Thomas Becket’s Shirt Returns to Canterbury Cathedral

05/03/2020

The Tunic raditionally thought to have been worn by Saint Thomas Becket at the time of his brutal murder in Canterbury Cathedral in 1170 is to return to the UK in July as part of this year’s commemorations Read more

Scriptorium fro manuscript in Madrid, Biblioteca de San Lorenzo de El Escorial

Summer School – The Medieval Book and Quantitative Codicology

04/03/2020

How do you characterise medieval manuscripts in such a way that quantitative and statistical analyses become possible? Read more

Middelaldercenteret in Lolland, Denmark © Karen Schousboe

Involved in Medieval Heritage Promotion?

04/03/2020

Engaged in Medieval Heritage Promotion? Working at a medieval living history center? Involved in experimental archaeology? New EU programme invites practitioners in the heritage industry to upgrade professionalism. Read more

The Adoration of the Lamb. Restored. Detail of the altarpiece in Ghent. © KIK-IRPA

Portrait of a Victorious Lamb

05/02/2020

The Mystic Lamb is at the centre of the famous Ghent Altarpiece by Jan van Eyck. Recently restored it challenges us to a moral combat Read more

Ploughing at Lauresham © Claus Kropp

Ploughing at Lauresham

13/01/2020

How did the Carolingians work their land? At an Open-Air Museum at Lorsch in Germany, a group of people have got together to construct an ancient plough and to experiment with early medieval farming practices Read more

Tools & Tillage Covers

Tools & Tillage Now Available

13/01/2020

Ground-Breaking Journal on the history of the implements of cultivation and other agricultural processes, Tools & Tillage, made Open Access Read more

The Teuderigus Reliquary from St. Maurice d'Agaune, Schwitzerland

Art Crosses Early Medieval Borders in Schwitzerland

13/01/2020

Art crosses borders. This is the case for the finished artworks as well as the artists, their techniques and know-how. As such artists and their works represent international or even globalised networks. New issue of Swiss Journal focus on the Early mIddle Ages Read more

New Books

Au sieur de Bellenville, roi d'armes en Artois. BnF, MF 5230

Regnal Communities or Nations in the High Middle Ages

19/02/2020

Medieval historians hesitate to talk about medieval nation-states. Instead, they prefer to talk about kingdoms and their corresponding royal communities or assemblies. New book reviews the questions regarding terminology. Read more

Detail of the Ghent Altarpiece © Kirkipa.be

The Ghent Altarpiece – Research and Conservation

08/02/2020

Conservation carried out of the Gent Altarpiece since 2012 have revealed major overpainting covering the the original work of Jan and Hubert van Eyck. New book tells the story Read more

Court of King's Bench

Law in Late Medieval England

29/12/2019

How did common people engage with law in Late Medieval England? New book explores the legal culture of its time and how it touched upon the lives of common men and women. Read more

Otto the great Kissing the feet of Christ

Medieval Rules and Rituals

29/12/2019

How was power exibited? And what role did rules, regulations and rituals play. Gert Althoff is known as one of the medieval historians, who has explored these questions in detail. New book provides translations into English of his more recent contributions.  Read more

New Research

© Ulster Historical Park

The Black Death in Ireland

29/12/2019

Already contemporaries noted how the Black Death hit the Anglo-Norman settlers in Ireland much harder than the Gaelic People. New research offers an explanation Read more

Volcano under the Ocean Source: Wikipedia

Undersea Volcanism may Explain Medieval Years of Darkness after AD 536

27/12/2019

After AD 536 a mysterious dimming of the sun brought on global cooling, famines, and civil upheavals. Believed to have been caused by climate changes caused by volcanic forcing, new research indicate some of this was undersea volcanism Read more

Huerto from outside Valencia Source Wikipedia

Gardens in Early Medieval Iberia ca. 750–1000

12/10/2019

In 1974 the historian Andrew Watson published an influential article in which he coined the phrase: The Arab Agricultural Revolution. How has this thesis fared? What do we know today about gardening in Early Medieval Iberia?
Read more

The Ilopango Volcano in San Salvador. Source: wikipedia

The Ilopango Volcano in El Salavador was responsible for the events in AD 539-40.

18/09/2019

The climatic disruption in the 6thcentury was forced by a series of massive volcanic eruptions. Recently the Ilopango volcano was identified as responsible for the events AD 539-40. NEW RESEARCH: Radiocarbon and geologic evidence reveal Ilopango volcano as source of the colossal ‘mystery’ eruption of 539/40 CE Robert A.Dull, John… Read more

New Exhibitions

Papal letter confirming donation to Absalon 1186. © Royal Danish Archive

The Early History of Copenhagen at a New Museum

11/02/2020

Last week, a new attraction opened, The Museum of Copenhagen, covering the history from the ice-age hunters and gatherers and into the near future. Central is the brand new story of the earliest period in the life of the town ca. 1000 Read more

Closer to Van Eyck - Map of digitized works © closertovaneyck.kikirpa.be

Facing Van Eyck – The Miracle of the Detail

08/02/2020

Come September, Brussels houses an exhibition focusing on the visually detailed techniques of Jan van Eyck and his work of art. The exhibition is paired with a prized digital resource. Facing Van Eyck focuses on the development of the visual language of the Flemish Primitives and the influence of Byzantine… Read more

Portraits of Joos Vijd and Elisabeth Borluut, donators of the Ghent Altarpiece. Source: Closer to Ghent Altarpiece

The Art of Jan Van Eyck – the Optical Illusions of Light and Darkness

04/02/2020

Jan van Eyck is perhaps the most prominent of all the Flemish Masters. This year, we are invited to Ghent to explore his optical revolution Read more

Detail from the Golden Antepedium from Basel © Historisches Museum Basel, Philipp Emmel

Gold and Glory in Basel

06/11/2019

In 1019 the Holy Roman Emperor, Henry II, took part in the consecration of the Minster in Basel. A major exhibition marks the anniversary Read more