Laocoön and His Sons: Art and Myth (Guest post by Analisa Soverns-Reed from Accessible Art History)

Throughout history, myths and legends have provided endless subject matter for works of art. The stories of gods, heroes, war, and love have served as inspiration for many of the great works we have come to know and love! One of these great works is a sculpture group called Laocoön and His Sons. Created during … Continue reading Laocoön and His Sons: Art and Myth (Guest post by Analisa Soverns-Reed from Accessible Art History)

Duccio di Buoninsegna (Guest post by Analisa Soverns-Reed from Accessible Art History)

Without a doubt, Duccio di Buoninsegna is one of the most important artists in the history of art. However, he is often overshadowed by later artists like Giotto, Donatello, and Leonardo. But, it was Duccio’s flirtation with naturalism and development of the Trecento art style that helped to lay the foundation for the Renaissance. Although … Continue reading Duccio di Buoninsegna (Guest post by Analisa Soverns-Reed from Accessible Art History)

Royal Portraits and Power (Guest post by Elizabeth Hill-Scott from Smart History Blogging)

Throughout history, royal portraits have been about more than just decorative pictures for Great Halls and bed chambers. They were the advertising signs or political propaganda mechanisms of their day. Here, I explore how English royal portraits have been used to forge alliances, marriages, scare off enemies, display power and wealth and combat insecurities whilst … Continue reading Royal Portraits and Power (Guest post by Elizabeth Hill-Scott from Smart History Blogging)

Namesake: The Daughter of Eleanor of Aquitaine

It was pretty standard in medieval Europe for people to name their children after themselves, with Henry II of England and Eleanor of Aquitaine no different. Their second son was named Henry after his father, and their second daughter was named Eleanor after her mother. Upon her marriage she became Leonor so for clarity in … Continue reading Namesake: The Daughter of Eleanor of Aquitaine