This week we've got art, and more art -- and, of course, those wonderful archaeological discoveries I can't get enough of.
- Sealed Under Turkish Mud, a Well-Preserved Byzantine Chapel
Once, it was an important pilgrimage destination. Then it was buried under 18 feet of mud, thanks to the flooding Myros River. Now excavations reveal the chapel, mostly intact. Informative article by Jennifer Pinkowski at the New York Times includes a nice photo.
- Medieval Painting Hints at Ties Between Blacks and Jews
Painted in the 16th century by an unknown artist, the scene of everyday life in Lisbon depicts Jews and blacks interacting among more than 150 human figures. Feature by Menachem Wecker at the Jewish Daily Forward.
- Rare Renaissance Portrait by Agnolo Bronzino Expect To Sell For $18 Million At Auction
Even just viewing it on the computer screen, the portrait appears remarkably photographic. Item by Jennifer Kamm at Haute Living.
- National Library unveils trove of medieval manuscripts uncovered in Taliban caves
Dating to the 11th century, the "Afghan Genizah" is one of the most important archives ever found, and reveals important details about Jewish life in medieval Persia.