imthemorningandtheeveningstar replied to your post “I don’t quite understand the point of this blog. I’ve been aware that there were some people of color in Medieval Europe for as long as I can remember. Africa was just south of Europe, and of course European countries traded with Asia. I don’t think many would be to surprised at the content of this blog. It’s sort of just common knowledge.”
who comes to an information blog and says “people already know this, so go away”
Piles of trash, apparently.
I don't quite understand the point of this blog. I've been aware that there were some people of color in Medieval Europe for as long as I can remember. Africa was just south of Europe, and of course European countries traded with Asia. I don't think many would be to surprised at the content of this blog. It's sort of just common knowledge.
I can’t believe my followers who were like “I didn’t know about this” have been lying to me this whole time. I didn’t know I was capable of lying to myself so much, since all the research I’ve done since I started this blog last year were actually things I already knew.
How will I ever reconcile myself to my pointless blogging existence? Can you help me, o learned one? If only I’d paid more attention to common knowledge. I knew I was forgetting something.
that looks like the czech crown jewels on his head. very distinctive. perhaps it is good king wenceslaus.
it looks like Balthazar from the three wise men (it’s the colors he traditionally wears)
I swear I cannot get over discreet bathroom figurine pics
Yes, those are all fine theories but like, I’d really just be guessing.
For being hardcore, you both get “Medieval Kitties going PEW PEW PEW with Rats as Guns” Award of Hardcore Readership
Curiosity killed the cat;
Satisfaction brought him back!
I did a search and saw one called Two Moors and one called Two Negros, perhaps one of the paintings is that?
What I’d say is that the description transcribed in the original post says more about people who write descriptions in textbooks than it does about the two men in the painting. I did a post on this piece like, 8 months ago, so it didn’t come immediately to mind, and people literally call it dozens of different things.
Honestly, if I had more energy at the moment, I would go on a rant about how RIDICULOUS titling works in Art History is, much less PERIODIZATION for art history as a discipline, which is BEYOND a joke. It’s worse than periodization in History, and that’s bad enough. And I’d probably punctuate it with the literally a hundred messages and comments from people who seem to think that I don’t “understand” History/Art History periodization, when I’m doing my best to blatantly ignore it because it’s completely counter to learning about historical context of ANYTHING.
Remember that time I talked about the “Racial Reset Button”?
THAT. Great job, random and arbitrary chunkification of history education.
Like people who’ll float by like “That’s Early Modern, not Medieval!” or “Russian Icons blah blah STYLE blah blah PIGMENTS!!!”
I cannot emphasize how actually terrible the situation is. Here is one sentence from a paper on the historiography of the history of art history periodization (click this link if you enjoy farting into paper bags and then huffing your own farts):
Does this mean that the ‘chronotopological’ principles of historiography are to be abandoned?
But anyhow, yeah, a lot of paintings don’t even HAVE titles, and you’ll find the same work called a bunch of different things, depending on who is talking about them. Or artists. Or are just “Formerly attributed to [artist]”.
…THAT IS THE BEST REACTION IMAGE EVER.
"A thousand people just reblogged your bad link"
Excuse me I’m going to go hug my cat forever.
A lot of those sources your posted are only writing about how ancient peoples possessed good sailing craft - which is a pretty well known fact that no one disputes. The issue is that large boats which are capable of making a round trip across the Atlantic have specifications which are vastly different than that of the shallow-bottomed boats common throughout the Mediterranean trade system. Also your "273 page" source links to a single page on a Chinese site, which I assume it isn't meant to.
WORST AND MOST EMBARRASSING MISTAKE
I fixed it on the original but yeah.
Hey, dropping in to tell you again that I love this blog!! I also just love the way you write. It's stuffed full of info but also incredibly natural and easy to read. I love history so much but always hated reading stuffy textbooks. Your blog feeds my brain.
Thank YOU so much for reading!
I like the ‘in my pants’ version better: “There was no earlier melting pot or empire to achieve multiculturalism … IN MY PANTS!”