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Medieval

The “Codex Amiatinus” is the earliest surviving manuscript of the complete Bible in the Latin Vulgate

It is also considered to be the most accurate copy of St. Jerome’s original translation.

The strange case of the demon with the ice cream cone on the cathedral façade

Just as medieval masons drew inspiration from the bestiary they had at hand, contemporary artists blend tradition and pop culture to convey the same eternal message.

The apse of the church of Sant Climent of Taüll, a Romanesque masterpiece

A replica of the most famous work by the anonymous “Master of Taüll” is still there in the church, deep in the Pyrenees.

New technology shows Norway’s stave churches are older than believed

With a new timeline of church construction, experts question what we know of the rise of Christianity in Norway.

At the Sintra Palace in Portugal, a unique image of Jesus’ death and resurrection is preserved

The work of the French sculptor Nicolas Chantereine, the sculpture occupies the central niche of the chapel’s altarpiece.

Ostriches have a special place in African Christian monastic symbolism

Coptic Egyptian monks saw the ostrich, considered a symbol of stupidity in various parts of the ancient world, in a radically different way.

The curious place of apes in Christian art

Apes often appear in the margins of illuminated manuscripts, mostly parodying human actions.

Explore the fascinating world of 11th-century herbal remedies

In a time before science dominated medicine, many remedies were meant to soothe the soul, along with the body.

The legend of the seagull’s eggs, the merchant, and the Christ of Burgos

A medieval Castilian legend might shed light on the intricate symbolism of eggs in Christian art.

The “mystical winepress,” a forgotten motif in Christian art

“I have trodden the winepress alone; and of the people there was none with me.”

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