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Iconology of a Cardinal: Was Wolsey Really so Large?

- May 3, 2018 in Art & Illustrations, cardinal wolsey, Culture & History, eating in tudor times, hans holbein, henry viii, iconography, Painting, power, thomas wolsey, tudor, weight

Characterised as manipulative, power-hungry, and even an alter rex, Henry VIII's right-hand man Cardinal Thomas Wolsey has been typically depicted with a body mass to rival his political weight. Katherine Harvey asks whether he was really the glutton of popular legend, and what such an image reveals about the link between the body, reputation, and power in Tudor England.

Out of Their Love They Made It: A Visual History of Buraq

- September 21, 2016 in Art & Illustrations, buraq, buraq iconography, buraq in art, Featured Articles, god, iconography, islam, mi'raj, Prophet Muhammad, qur'an, Religion, Religion, Myth & Legend, richard dawkins

Although mentioned only briefly in the Qur'an, the story of the Prophet Muhammad's night journey to heaven astride a winged horse called Buraq has long caught the imagination of artists. Yasmine Seale charts the many representations of this enigmatic steed, from early Islamic scripture to contemporary Delhi, and explores what such a figure can say about the nature of belief.

Picturing Don Quixote

- April 6, 2016 in Art & Illustrations, Books, don quixote, don quixote iconography, Featured Articles, gustave dore, iconography, iluustrations of don quixote, Literature, miguel de cervantes

This year sees the 400th anniversary of the death of Miguel de Cervantes, author of one of the best-loved and most frequently illustrated books in the history of literature — Don Quixote. Rachel Schmidt explores how the varying approaches to illustrating the tale have reflected and impacted its reading through the centuries.