Modern Art, Subjects for discussion

What is Cubism, who invented it, when did they do it and why?

In simple terms, the who is easy – Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) and George Braques (1882-1963) are credited with ‘inventing’ this style of art.  When? 1907 is the first year a work in this style is exhibited.  The why and what is cubism are questions that are not so easy to answer. The 19th century saw rapid… Continue reading What is Cubism, who invented it, when did they do it and why?

Artists of Northern Europe, Interviews, Royal Portraits, Subjects for discussion, Symbols and emblems

An Interview with Heather Darsie: Author of Anna Duchess of Cleves, The King’s Beloved Sister.

Mell.  Heather, welcome.  As an art historian, I am interested in the various portraits of Anna and the iconography used by the family.  I remember when we both attended the 500th anniversary celebratory conference of Corpus Christi College, Oxford and you disappeared for a morning. What were you doing while I was listening to the… Continue reading An Interview with Heather Darsie: Author of Anna Duchess of Cleves, The King’s Beloved Sister.

Subjects for discussion

Remembering personal responsibility when posting on social media

As an art historian part of my research is into the derivation and power of images. No matter how many articles are written, a single image can say much more than written words. This week saw the departure of two senior Facebook executives.   Evidently, their reason for leaving is ‘creative differences’ with FB’s founder, Mark Zukerberg.  I… Continue reading Remembering personal responsibility when posting on social media

Exhibitions, Illuminated manuscripts, portrait miniature, Portraiture, Subjects for discussion, Symbols and emblems

Nicholas Hilliard (1547-1619) & Isaac Oliver (1565-1617): Painters to the Elizabethan and Jacobean courts

Nicholas Hilliard was England’s first English artist to become internationally famous. His self portrait (© Victoria & Albert Museum, London) is a mere 41mm in diameter (1.6 inches) and it is for these exquisitely delicate and miniature images of Elizabeth I and her court that he becomes famous. I fell in love with Hilliard’s miniatures… Continue reading Nicholas Hilliard (1547-1619) & Isaac Oliver (1565-1617): Painters to the Elizabethan and Jacobean courts

Illuminated manuscripts, Subjects for discussion, Symbols and emblems

Maritime Animals: Telling Stories of Animals at Sea. An International Conference at Greenwich, London

Between Thursday 25th - Saturday 27th April 2019 a two and half day international conference Maritime Animals: Telling Stories of animals at sea will be held at the National Maritime Museum (part of the UNESCO world heritage site of Greenwich) London. The programme explores all aspects of animal involvement and engagement in aspects of maritime exploration and… Continue reading Maritime Animals: Telling Stories of Animals at Sea. An International Conference at Greenwich, London

Illuminated manuscripts, Subjects for discussion

The early life of The Virgin Mary

During this Christmas week of waiting, I have wondered about Mary's early life, her parents and how their story is portrayed in images. There are only 150 manuscripts that refer to the parents of the Virgin, including the apocryphal Gospel of St James, known as the Protovangelium, which was written in the second century A.D.… Continue reading The early life of The Virgin Mary

Subjects for discussion

“Art is the Conscience of a Nation”, or why the study of the history of art is important.

Two years ago history of art was removed as an 'A'-level option in the English education syllabus, so I was delighted to hear on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme that free online courses will be available on YouTube.  These have been created by a former curator of the Courtauld Institute (the number one institute… Continue reading “Art is the Conscience of a Nation”, or why the study of the history of art is important.