Monthly Archives: December 2016

More Dragon Spouts: Schwäbische Hall

The Rathaus at Schwäbische Hall has some splendid dragon spouts (Fig. 1). The main channel is only half-round, with the top of the jaw completing it. It clarifies the ornamental ‘ears’. At Krakow there are both ‘ears’ and wings.  Here … Continue reading

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Quentin Matsys Fence with Heraldic Animals

This is a detail of Quentin Matsys (1456/1466–1530), the Virgin Enthroned in the Gemäldegalerie, Berlin. It shows a paling fence with polygonal posts. There is a bottom rail on the ground, a top rail, and a rail above the half-way … Continue reading

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Heemskerck Dovetail

Irrelevant analogy of the week. In this detail of Marten van Heemskerck’s Momus Criticising the Works of the Gods in the Gemäldegalerie, Berlin, there is a butterfly dovetail joining two panels. It seems that C. F. A. Voysey liked to put … Continue reading

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