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To celebrate Vikings Live, we have replaced our Roman alphabet with the runic alphabet used by the Vikings, the Scandinavian ‘Younger Futhark’. The ‘Younger Futhark’ has only 16 letters, so we have used some of the runic letters more than once or combined two runes for one Roman letter.

For an excellent introduction to runes, we recommend Martin Findell’s book published by British Museum Press.

More information about how we have ‘runified’ this site


Bronze medal of Michelangelo, by Ewa Olszewska-Borys

Many artists have been inspired by Michelangelo and his art, from his immediate successors to artists of our own time. Portraits have generally been based on a bronze head modelled shortly after Michelangelo's death by his assistant Daniele da Volterra, who probably used a death mask. Other artists, including medallists, have based their designs on Michelangelo's works.

This medal by the Polish sculptor Ewa Olszewska-Borys marks the five-hundredth anniversary of Michelangelo's birth. The front carries a portrait of the artist, while the back is based on his figure of Dawn from one of the tombs in the Medici chapel in San Lorenzo, Florence.