This is an engraving by famed printmaker and painter Albrecht Durer. The artwork depicts a witch riding a goat backwards. This was not the only work that Durer depicted witches. During this period in European history their was an obsession with the supernatural. Before the Age of Reason superstition and religious fanaticism dominated European political […]Read more "Witch Riding Backwards on a Goat by Albrecht Durer (1500)"
The Hortus Deliciarum was a illuminated manuscript from the Middle Ages, which was an encyclopedia that included knowledge from Arab and classical text . The title in Latin translates to Garden of Delights. The Hortus Deliciarum was written and complied by Herrad of Landsberg a nun from Alsace,France. She most likely was the first woman […]Read more "Depiction of Hell From The Hortus Deliciarum (1180 )"
This is a Germanic Fuen bractate that could be from the migration period ( 375-538). Named after the island it was found on, the artifact currently resides in the National Museum of Denmark. This was the time in which the Western roman Empire faces invasions on multiple fronts. Artifacts provide evidence of which peoples invaded […]Read more "Germanic Funen Bractate (375 CE- 538 CE )"
The African Diaspora reached large portions of the world. People of African descent can be found all over the world even in the most remote areas. The photograph above was taken by George Kennan who was traveling through the Russian Empire during the late 19th century. The purpose of the expedition was to survey land […]Read more "Afro-Abkhazian Man (1870)"
This is an anti-German propaganda poster encouraging men to enlist in the armed forces. Germans and the German Empire are represented as a violent barbaric ape carry a club that says culture. Normally, when a nation goes to war they demonize and dehumanize the people they are fighting. The poster was attempting to present the […]Read more "Anti-German World War I Propaganda Poster"
This is an Italian morion helmet from around 1580. This was type of soldier’s helmet normally produced in Spain. It became associated with Spanish explorers and conquistadors, but they were not the only ones to use this helmet . The kingdom of Castile used these types of helmets the most, yet other European states and […]Read more "Italian Morion Helmet (1580)"
Albrecht Durer was know form producing a prodigious body of work which included woodcuts. This 1498 woodcut is known as the crucifixion. The image seems almost chilling with a skull and what looks like a femur on the ground. Two angels are present on both the left and right. They have cups which they seem […]Read more "The Crucifixion ( 1498)"