The Big Art History Behind a Big Scroll

by Hlāford Bran Mydwynter

At one foot wide and three feet in length, Meisterin Kolfinna Valravn’s Laurel scroll is a big boi. And its writeup is just as extensive. More than simply a documentation of materials or methods, in this post I use the space to go deeper—to explore the atmosphere of artistic production in late-15th- to early-16th-century Northern Europe, and to be thoughtful about the way we make art in the Society. (With a scroll this long, there’s a lot to talk about.) In a broader sense, the post reflects the importance of art historical research to strengthen not only our scrollwork, but also the SCA experience. Find it at my portfolio site, here.

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