|A door opening to Heaven, Royal MS 15 D II, f. 117v Source:British Library|
We have had a change of direction to this years study after entering an online art competition, the Apocalypse Art Prize. Which we first found out about from a blog I follow. And this is to me one of the great things about home-schooling. To recognise an opportunity for learning and to be able to adapt your plans to follow it. All of my children 6 and up have entered and we have the rest of the year to delve into medieval history, to really study the Apocalyse in depth (not something I had planned for any time soon), to concentrate on developing our art skills, and a whole lot of other avenues such that it will become a year long unit study. Dd1 has already been explaining medieval art to me after reading a free booklet that you receive when you enter the competition, A Primer of Pictorial Devices in Medieval Painting by Gloria Thomas.
|Source: Apocalypse Prize|
I will edit and re-edit this post as I come across useful links.
The first of these links is a drawing skills course that is just what I was after to get our drawing skills up to scratch.
An few online books (touch to turn pages, in colour, able to zoom in to look at details):
- Medieval Bestiary You can turn the pages of this online book, it really is fantastic. You look at it with or without a pop-up text (press the 'read' button at the bottom) which explains the animals pictured. You may wish to pre-read some of the explanatory text to decide if it will be suitable for your children or just don't use the pop-up text.
- Lindisfarne Gospels
- Sherborne Missal
- Luttrell Psalter
- The Book of Kells This takes a long time to download. You sit wondering where it is, but it is downloading. You might want to give it a miss if you have a slow connection.
- The Hunterian Psalter
- Silos Apocalypse - Beatus of Liébana
- 82 very detailed page from the Cloisters Apocalypse good for identifying style. You have to click on them one by one though, it is not in a flip book form. Possibly the best link here though as you can zoom way in for excellent detail.
On my wishlist:
Sadly my state library system has little to nothing on manuscripts otherwise I would have liked to have a look at the following books first, so I will have to source them from online booksellers instead.
Artists we will study:
Giotto and Fra Angelico. At this point I will keep to just these two so as to spend a good amount of time on each and not to overload us. I would like us to be able to tell the difference in style between these two artists as they very often are confused by people for each other.
- Manuscripts Online
- A Catalogue of Illuminated Manuscripts This gives a list of when the different manuscripts were made with pictures.
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