Gothic boxwood miniatures are very small religious wood sculptures
produced during the 15th and 16th centuries, mostly in today's Low
Countries. They were formed from intricate layers of reliefs often
rendered at nearly microscopic levels, with around 150 examples extant
today. The majority are spherical beads known as prayer nuts,
statuettes, skulls, or coffins; some 20 are in the form of polyptychs
including triptych and diptych altarpieces, tabernacles, and
monstrances. Typically imagery includes scenes from the Crucifixion of
Jesus and extensive vistas of Heaven and Hell. Each miniature required
exceptional craftsmanship and may have taken decades to complete.
Important collections are in the Art Gallery of Ontario, the British
Museum, and at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gothic_boxwood_miniature>
Today's selected anniversaries:
The Wignacourt Aqueduct in Malta was inaugurated and was used
to carry water to Valletta for about 300 years.
Mexican Revolution: The United States detained a German steamer
carrying materiel for the Mexican federal government.
The "Surgeon's Photograph", purportedly showing the Loch Ness
Monster (later revealed to be a hoax), was published in the Daily Mail.
In response to a dispute over wheat production quotas, the
Principality of Hutt River proclaimed its secession from Western
Wiktionary's word of the day:
1. (transitive) To dominate or intimidate in a blustering way; to bully,
2. (intransitive) To behave like a hector or bully; to bluster, to
swagger; to bully.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
The word "resurrection" has for many people the connotation of
dead bodies leaving their graves or other fanciful images. But
resurrection means the victory of the New state of things, the New Being
born out of the death of the Old. Resurrection is not an event that
might happen in some remote future, but it is the power of the New Being
to create life out of death, here and now, today and tomorrow. Where
there is a New Being, there is resurrection, namely, the creation into
eternity out of every moment of time. The Old Being has the mark of
disintegration and death. The New Being puts a new mark over the old
one. Out of disintegration and death something is born of eternal
significance. That which is immersed in dissolution emerges in a New
Creation. Resurrection happens now, or it does not happen at all. It
happens in us and around us, in soul and history, in nature and
universe. Reconciliation, reunion, resurrection — this is the New
Creation, the New Being, the New state of things.
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