Given this post is more an announcement of future regular posts resuming, as opposed to an actual post in itself, I thought I’d post some of my favourite pictures of medieval angels – on the basis that they act as heralds, and so tie into the theme of announcing.I’ve been collecting images – from all time periods – of the Annunciation, partly in an effort to renunciate Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s and Christina Rossetti’s subversion of the “Mary as Reader” trope, as discussed by Kathryn Ready in her article in Victorian Poetry, 46 (2), Summer 2008 (Project Muse). So it seems right to start with a medieval Annunciation image. On reflection, I am pretty sure that my love of all things medieval was confirmed (I cannot say started – that’s probably another blog post) by a family summer holiday during which we stopped off in Chartres, and, thankfully, visited the Cathedral. How could you not see such songs in stone (below) above any door and not rush through into all that waited on the other side? The figures are all beautifully done, and a host of angels surrounds the central statue of Christ and the four motifs of the Evangelists. My favourite angel of all time, however, is one of comparatively recent acquaintance – at least to the best of my knowledge. My first visit to the Burrell Collection, as I recall, was for my eleventh birthday. My parents took myself and some friends, and my siblings, there on my request. While I don’t remember this particular angel from that visit, that experience was another reason why I fell in love with all things medieval. It was an experience that stayed with me long enough to make me volunteer as a tour guide when I began studying for an MPhil in Medieval and Renaissance Studies, in the Glasgow Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Glasgow University. And thus it was that I met the angel who concludes this post. I defy you all not to find it wonderfully funny and completely adorable. You can find out more about the tapestry as a whole here, at the official blog of the Boppard Conservation Project. Although this project focuses primarily on the “Research and Conservation of the 15th-century Stained Glass Windows from the Carmelite Church at Boppard-on-Rhine” (quoted from About) on the blog, it is a great insight into many other items in the Burrell Collection.