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  1. Ancient Roman Amphitheater, Fiesole

    Ancient Roman Amphitheater, Fiesole

     
     
  2. thegetty:

    Winter is coming. All men must die. And Game of Thrones is back!
    Stay tuned each week as we unpack Sunday’s episodes through artworks.

    A lot happened in this episode for most of the major characters involved, but then again, nothing earth-shattering happened.

    We saw a witness to a murder flee the scene of the crime in a boat concealed by a fog bank; we got a lesson in kingship (N.B. wisdom is the greatest strength); a burial scene got steamy with, um, incestuous sex; two lovers fled an awkwardly male-dominated residence for an ironically female-dominated one; we watched a little girl give an old man a reading lesson; a pair of travelers took advantage of a feeble old man; there was a fierce massacre (and some cannibalism) and a bisexual brothel trist; a prison cell conversation turned emo real fast (*feels*); and the sphinxes of a foreign city may prove no match for the might of a slave-freeing, dragon rearing queen, especially when her unmounted knight bests the enemy’s horse-bound champion.

     
     
  3. thegetty:

Another gruesome manuscript match up based on last night’s Game of Thrones from our Medieval manuscripts curator:

"Last week it was cannibalism, this week it’s death by fire. We saw supposed heretics burned at the stake to satisfy the fire god, the Lord of Light (or at least his uber-creepy, crimson-clad priestess).
In this illumination, even knights aren’t untouchable to the torch. The Pope crushed the chivalric order and after a series of confessions, the grand master of the Knights Templar was burned as a heretic.”

Heated tempers all around.

    thegetty:

    Another gruesome manuscript match up based on last night’s Game of Thrones from our Medieval manuscripts curator:

    "Last week it was cannibalism, this week it’s death by fire. We saw supposed heretics burned at the stake to satisfy the fire god, the Lord of Light (or at least his uber-creepy, crimson-clad priestess).

    In this illumination, even knights aren’t untouchable to the torch. The Pope crushed the chivalric order and after a series of confessions, the grand master of the Knights Templar was burned as a heretic.”

    Heated tempers all around.

     
     
  4. thegetty:

    Winter is coming. All men must die. And Game of Thrones is back!
    Stay tuned each week as we unpack Sunday’s episodes through medieval masterpieces.

    A lot happened in this super intense episode! What did we learn? Weddings, sadistic human hunts, and burning heretics never end well; perplexing visions of crows and apocalyptic omens flying above a key city somehow make sense to a young paraplegic; the flirty exchange of glances between two handsome princes does not go unnoticed, especially by one’s future wife’s brother-lover; fools can come to the rescue in a time of need; and even though Joffrey may have cut up a book, the writing of his legacy was already on the wall…

     
     
  5. French 18th-Century Gilded Wall Lights

     
     
  6. artchipel:

    Artist on Tumblr

    Travis Bedel aka Bedelgeuse | on Tumblr (USA)

    Travis Bedel aka Bedelgeuse is a mixed media artist who does bass music and collage art. He creates stunning collages that merge anatomical imagery with illustrations from science guides and textbooks. You can find artist’s updated posts on Tumblr or his prints available for sale on Society6.

    [more Travis Bedel aka Bedelgeuse | artist found at Colossal]

     
     
  7. thegetty:

    Winter is coming. All men must die. And Game of Thrones is back!

    Stay tuned each week as we unpack Sunday’s episodes through medieval masterpieces.

    The season premiere didn’t waste any time jumping right into the action. We had a typical, sizzling brothel scenea tense arrival of foreigners, some hearty, growing teenage dragons; a bloody tavern fight, the fitting of a golden hand; and some creepy crucifixion-like deaths, pointing toward something much darker down the road.

    Advice from our curator: Joffrey, the next time you manhandle a rare and expensive manuscript containing the deeds of your Kingsguard, make sure to do so with clean hands. Saves some time for our conservators later. (And doesn’t the White Book scream Flower of Battle?)

     
     
  8. thegetty:

    Drama. Politics. Romance. Bloodshed. Dragons. Medieval Times.

    These are not just descriptors of our illuminated manuscripts, but also celebratory words to commemorate the return of Game of Thrones!

    Stay tuned each week as we unpack Sunday’s episodes through medieval masterpieces.

    All Men Must Die.

     
     
  9. Game of Thrones animals of house sigils from medieval manuscripts: Baratheon, Stark, Targaryen, Lannister (Bestiary, Book of the Hunt, Apocalypse, and Physiologus, respectively)

     
     
  10. Ezekiel’s celestial vision: hard to understand & represent, except for FraAngelico & Raphael #wtFridayArtHistory