Lucas Cranach the Elder and his studio cranked out multiple images of Judith and Salome, the Biblical decapitatrices. (You can tell the one from the other because Salome always brings the head in on a platter.) Cranach's female figures are generally small-shouldered, slouchy, wan look-alikes. But this Salome, held in the Musea Nacional de Arte Antiga in Lisbon, is a portrait of a real individual, Catherine of Saxony.
This porcelain rhinoceros, modelled on the famous woodcut, reminds us that Dürer too existed in a world of product. And, admit it, having seen it, you want one, you know you do. It's part of the British Museum's exhibit, Germany: Memories of a Nation, on till January 25th.
The Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden currently has on display an exhibition of katagami, paper kimono stencils, selected from a trove of 15,000 recently rediscovered after 125 years in storage. (Via.)
Denmark got into a couple of wars with Prussia over the duchies of Schleswig and Holstein in the 19th Century. The Danes took the first round in 1849, but lost decisively in 1864. Swedish neutrality in the second war is one of the reasons why the Danes still hate the Swedes. To mark the 150th anniversary of the war, Danish television has produced this historical epic.