Sunday, April 23, 2017

The feast day of Saint George

the feast day of Saint George is today - 23rd of April.
the martyrdom of Saint George - by Martorell
 Medieval miniature - some of the imagery, it is a lovely collection, isn't it?

Raphael's Saint George (again showing them, but I like these two paintings)

Albrecht Durer - a great woodcut by the great master


Saturday, April 22, 2017

List Eliasza Arciszewskiego - Konie Polskie

królewski koń powodny z Rolki Sztokholmskiej

[in Polish]
Eliasz Arciszewski, brat słynnego Krzysztofa, i mąż wojenny ( choć heretyk i banita - :) ) pozostawił był po sobie taki arcyciekawy list  w którym to prosi księcia Radziwiłła 

o konie polskie, najlepiej o konia (ogiera) Podolaka[sci!], dla króla duńskiego, :

Mam ja od dawna skromną teorię, że polskie konie brały udział w tworzeniu się  ras duńskich nowożytnych, owych tarantów etc.. a tu mamy źródło potwierdzające eksport naszych koni do Królestwa Danii. Choć tutaj największą rolę musiał odegrać tamże pobyt dywizji, na którą składały się tysiące koni polskich żołnierzy i ich pocztów,  regimentarza Czarnieckiego w czasie Potopu.

List nie jest datowany, i pochodzi z okresu służby imć Eliasza w wojsku duńskim, czyli gdzieś przed 1632tym, pewnikiem lata 1620te. Temat winien być przedmiotem dalszych badań


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Gaited, ambling & pacing horses

I just received a book by Lee Ziegler titled Easy-Gaited Horses. It is not a new edition, but the 2005 one. I have not read it yet,  but I am looking for any pertinent info on different experiences with horse training as I may do some horse groundwork later on in May. Naturally, I am watching my videos with Parelli and other natural horsemanship trainers that I can get from libraries etc.
Having said that, I admit freely I am very  interested in the easy-gaited horses. I have ridden some pacing horses like the Peruvian Paso, Standardbred, Paso Fino etc.
Loved the experience ...
So today I decided to add some information form M. Horace Hayes' treatise Points of Horse: on the ambling horses from the 1893 edition
Here finally a little note Captain Hayes made about the Peruvian Paso, but I would like to point that obviously he did not know much about the Spanish Caribbean horses, nor about the ambling horses of Mexico (this is before the nightmare of the Mexican Revolution) and Central America, nor Colombia and Venezuela, where pacing horsese were in vougue, still cherished, used and bred.


Sunday, April 16, 2017

Wielkanoc Easter Christus resurrectus est

Christus resurrectus est

Passion and Resurrection by Hans Memling

our 'pagan' Pisanki and the basket of the priest blessed 'goodies' - all our own home painted/made Pisanki (including one by my youngest )- nota bene the 'white sausage' breakfast today (with horseradish and other condiments ).


Friday, April 14, 2017

Passion of Christ

it is the Good Friday before Easter
MET, my most favorite museum in the US, has this blog article about Passion, analyzing a bit the amazing illuminations by the Limbourg brothers painted for Jean, duke de Berry, devoted to the hours of Passion.




Nota benem the Limbourgs painted this beautiful illumination showing Saint George slaying the dragon, curiously he is using a falchion? langes messer? as his sidearm.
The mount is not white/gray, but a light chestnut or light roan, but as it was typical for the dextriarius opertus it is ridden with the aid of a long-shanked curb-bit. The lance is already broken, and it seems there is no Saint George cross on the pennon, but then we find it painted on the buckler carried on the left arm of the Saint.
The horse's caparison is a curious one, perhaps it is meant to be an animal pelt with scissored adornments. Upright red tassel, attached to the covered crouper, is is to be popular  during the early modern equestrian history.
do watch Mel Gibson's Passion - IMHO the best movie on this most important part of the Gospels  (here Mel's interview with Ms Sawyer) - I hope the sequel will be made eventually - pertinent interview with Mel.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

New Lubieszow 1577 book

last month I finished the series of plates for the new edition of '' Lubieszów 17 IV 1577'' (the battle of Lubieszow 17th April 1577) written, or ew-written by Radek Sikora.

The new edition (the 1st one was published by Infort Editions in 2007) to be published by Erica has been updated with more primary sources,  especially a Latin source first time in Polish,  and other stuff (I admit I have not read this new one yet), and will contain some 26 black and white plates drawn by yours truly with the Gdansk and Royal soldiers (some plates consist of the older illustrations already published in 2007 but remastered and with additional drawings or details from period prints on each plate).
 The battle is famous in the history of the winged hussars, but also in the history of the Polish-Hungarian hajduk infantry.

I am not sure when the book will be released in Poland,  it was supposed to have been released on or about the battle anniversary - April 17,  but it may be delayed. I will share the info about the release date as soon as I will have known it.

also my never-ending Ottoman delil sketch, a version in progress of sorts

The Coptic Christians in Egypt were murderously attacked last Sunday which was the Palm Sunday. US and EU media   etc offered little if any mention about the atrocity carried out by the Daesh/ISIS and their henchmen.
Piers Morgan posed a question, on Fox News, why the coverage was so timid

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Martorell's dextrarius opertus

again back to the Middle Ages, the most splendid XV century..
 this painter was active in the Kingdom of Aragon, more exactly in the County of Barcelona, under the name  Martorell.
He painted his 'Saint George Killing the Dragon' circa AD 1427-30.
Knightly saint sits high on the horse's back, his saddle moved forward, but most likely its design (invisible here wooden bars) allows for such arrangement without injuring the horse's withers and shoulders. After all these dextrarius stallions were awfully expensive and costly. The stallion appears to have been shod

I would like to bring your attention to some details of this moving and beautiful masterpiece of the Medieval art. The horse - spirited and powerful dextrarius opertus is snowy white gray stallion, trained for war and joust.

the saddle skirt of impeccable white-dyed leather, with pommel and cantle black. The pommel is extended downwards to protect the thighs and knee.

gilded stirrups and rowel spurs, stirrup leather also white, note the textile (flax or hemp) cinch.

amazingly elaborate bit - a double-reins gilded curb bit, with gilded chain connecting the shanks with lower rein (to prevent enemy from slashing the reins). also very elaborate adornment of the tack plainly visible to be admired

beautiful bridle, the forelock tied in the most ancient tradition

the high, rounded pommel - we see the way Aragonese knights might have adorned their saddles with studs

the rounded cantle to give support for the hips etc during the lance attack - we see here that the knight rode high in the saddle, almost standing, good position for lance play etc

 this piece of journalistic fraud and excrement comes from the Spanish leftist the New York Times-like daily el Pais -  ergo, in January 2017 (70 years too late perhaps) Polish historians (IPN) finally released the list of the German employer's guards at the Auschwitz Concentration Camps Complex and since the guards are almost all German (they did not publish the Ukrainian guards list), gee! surprise!, then this Spanish writer (and his publishers and editors) complains that Poland is trying to rewrite[sic!] her history.
I mean, the cheek on this 'motherflower' and his editors and publishers... brushing away the KL Auschiwitz SS guard list and rapidly moving to the German occupied Poland's complicity (alleged and ascribed to some of the Polish citizens from within the pre-1939 borders) in the Holocaust, mostly by quoting the two most revisionist and fraudulent 'expat 'historians' Grabowski and Gross.
The Polish complicity with the Hitler's Germany was the Stalin invention, and after the war it was the West Germany Intelligence and Propaganda Services that adopted and expanded  these Stalinist concepts, adding the false idea of the "Polish concentration camps.'
 The American media and politicians have used this injurious and completely false term, including ex-president Barrack Hussein Obama. Shame on him and all of them.
major German camps in occupied Europe
 Least we forget the Medieval states (Kingdoms of Castile and Aragon) of modern Spain sponsored their own 'Holocausts' back in a day - but mostly by forced conversions eg the 'massacres' in Kigdom of Castile of 1391 in this scholarly article. Aragon 1391 events by the same author Norman Roth,  also the Expulsion of 1492 and so on.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Henry Farny's Indian horses

I  bought, from Amazon, the 1970s album devoted to life and works of Henry Farny, French-American painter, who depicted the vanishing Plains Indians. By 'vanishing' I mean the horse-warriors of the Great Plains who in Farny's day had been recently and forcefully brought to fixed reservations, their horse herds removed from them, bison herds killed off, and thus these nomads were grounded, for ever, in their meager and deteriorating conditions.
From the 1912 Cincinnati  Queen issue - p 449-50

Farny was very precise in his depiction of the Indian ponies (horses) and their riders, thus I would like to share with you some of the paintings collected from Wiki Commons.
Note that the horses are very lean and rather small, similar to the ones depicted by Charles Russell.

Also, the encampments represent the 1880s and late periods of the reservation life, when the tents aka teepees were  getting smalled, their bison hide covers were giving way to the government issued canvass, thus the size of the tent poles was smaller and so on.