REVIEW | Leighton House Museum and Sambourne House, London

Sambourne House was the first historic house I ever volunteered at. Practically no one had ever heard of it, but it remains to my knowledge one of the best preserved Victorian interiors in London. Revisiting the place some six years later following a major re-brand, barely a thing has changed and the house remains justContinue reading “REVIEW | Leighton House Museum and Sambourne House, London”

REVIEW | The Legend of King Arthur: A Pre-Raphaelite Love Story – William Morris Gallery, Walthamstow

Nothing is more emblematic of the Pre-Raphaelites than the legend of King Arthur. Obsessed with medieval chivalry, damsels in distress, and dreams of the romantic past, Sir Thomas Malory’s literary compilation Le Morte d’Arthur, published in 1485, was the perfect catalyst for their radical revolution against the Royal Academy’s ideals. The William Morris Gallery’s currentContinue reading “REVIEW | The Legend of King Arthur: A Pre-Raphaelite Love Story – William Morris Gallery, Walthamstow”

REVIEW | Helen Saunders: Modernist Rebel – Courtauld Gallery, London

Vorticism is one of those movements that, in my experience, very rarely receives public attention. In fact, the only major figures who probably come up more often than others is Wyndham Lewis, the short-lived movement’s co-founder, and perhaps David Bomberg. The Courtauld’s exhibition on Helen Saunders’ drawings and watercolours, one of only two female membersContinue reading “REVIEW | Helen Saunders: Modernist Rebel – Courtauld Gallery, London”

REVIEW | Fuseli and the Modern Woman: Fashion, Fantasy, Fetishism – Courtauld Gallery, London

Fuseli and the Modern Woman at the Courtauld Gallery, London, is like a provocatively sexy catwalk. Featuring 50 of Henry Fuseli’s private drawings of his wife Sophia and other stylish characters in society, there is a feeling that these were made as some sort of external release for the artist’s repressed interests and desires, likeContinue reading “REVIEW | Fuseli and the Modern Woman: Fashion, Fantasy, Fetishism – Courtauld Gallery, London”

REVIEW | Lucian Freud: Plant Portraits – Garden Museum, London

Lucian Freud: Plant Portraits at the Garden Museum, London, is a wonderfully illuminating exhibition that says much about how the artist saw his surroundings. If you want to know how Lucian Freud paints people, you should look at how he depicts plants. A selection of rarely-seen childhood drawings of plants preface this one-room show which,Continue reading “REVIEW | Lucian Freud: Plant Portraits – Garden Museum, London”

THE BIG REVIEW | Dürer’s Journeys: Travels of a Renaissance Artist – National Gallery, London

Dürer’s Journeys: Travels of a Renaissance Artist at the National Gallery, London, although wonderful, is also a slightly messy exhibition. In fact, some of the thematic rooms are so good that you forget this is a chronology of his observations in the Alps, Italy, and the Low Countries. The backbone is Dürer’s sketchbook drawings, whichContinue reading “THE BIG REVIEW | Dürer’s Journeys: Travels of a Renaissance Artist – National Gallery, London”

THE BIG REVIEW | Raphael and his School: Drawing Connections – British Museum, London

For the next few months, there is a sweet little opportunity to sample the British Museum’s collection of drawings by Raphael and his workshop, including Giulio Romano, Giovanni Francesco Penni, Giovanni da Udine, Perino del Vaga, and Polidoro da Caravaggio. On the Raphael side, a thematic highlight of this display is their collection of hisContinue reading “THE BIG REVIEW | Raphael and his School: Drawing Connections – British Museum, London”

THE BIG REVIEW | Raphael – National Gallery, London

For a concise review of The Credit Suisse Exhibition: RAPHAEL, please click here. The Early Umbrian Years⁠ Opening the National Gallery show is an elusive, faintly drawn portrait of a young boy whose features are generally believed to be that of a 15/16-year-old Raphael (British Museum, London). His eyes show an ambition and determination thatContinue reading “THE BIG REVIEW | Raphael – National Gallery, London”

THE BIG REVIEW | Titian: Love, Desire, Death – National Gallery, London

The reunion of Titian’s poesie paintings made for Prince Philip of Habsburg (future King Philip II of Spain) is a momentous occasion in the history of art. Created between 1551 and 1562, the series shows the elderly Titian’s artistic freedom at its height. Free to choose his subject matter and interpret them as he pleased,Continue reading “THE BIG REVIEW | Titian: Love, Desire, Death – National Gallery, London”

REVIEW | Hallyu! The Korean Wave – Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Hallyu! The Korean Wave at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, is an exhibition that tries to cover too much ground with too little material. The show admirably attempts to illustrate the two waves of modernisation in South Korea following the Korean War in just eight sections split across three rooms, touching on the country’sContinue reading “REVIEW | Hallyu! The Korean Wave – Victoria and Albert Museum, London”