Memling | A Flemish Primitive Master

The Memling Museum in Bruges, or Menlingnae, is a must when in Bruges. First, Hans Memling paintings are masterpieces – mostly diptychs and tryptic. They transport the viewer to the historical context of 13th century Europe and are full of symbolisms that represent that period. St Ursula Shrine Then, the building is an architectural jewel…

The Benin Bronzes

The Benin Bronzes were elaborated and stylized objects from the Court of Benin (currently Edo State, Nigeria).  This type of work has to be commissioned by the ruler, called Oba, or on behalf of him. The craftsmen used the technique lost-wax casting bronze(cire perdue) that they learnt from the Ife tribu in the north. The…

Maiolica | A Renaissance legacy

Glazes have been used to brighten decorative objects made of clay since 4000 B.C.  Tin glaze or enamel requires adding stannic (tin) oxide to a lead glaze.   For long time earthenware decorated with tin glazes were used mainly on the north coast of Africa. During the fourteenth century the technique was expanded to Spain  Germany,…

Medusa | The gorgon

Medusa (the cunning one), according to Greek myths was one of the three gorgons, the other two being Stheno (Strong), Euryale (wide roaming). They were once beautiful. Medusa fell from grace when she laid with Poseidon in the sacred temple of Athene, who enraged changed her into a winged monster with glaring eyes, huge teeth,…

Bruges – An exquisite experience

Bruges is the capital of West Flanders in northwest Belgium that is distinguished by its canals, cobbled streets and medieval buildings. Bruges is a treasury trove full of activity in spite of the weather. It is easy to explore and there are surprises at any corner. There are plenty of things to do there, whatever…