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”

Top 5 London Art Exhibitions 2019: A Personal Selection

But Nigel, it’s already 2020! And it’s February! Indeed, it is, and I hope you’ve all had a wonderful start to the new year. If you haven’t followed me on Instagram yet, I highly encourage you to do so! I’m a lot more active there with a fabulously wonderful community of like-minded followers. On toContinue reading “Top 5 London Art Exhibitions 2019: A Personal Selection”

Top 5 London Art Exhibitions 2017: A Personal Selection

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone! As festive cheer spreads throughout the country, let’s look at some of the best exhibitions this year. Below are my top 5 exhibitions of 2017 in London, in addition to some special honourable mentions:

3-2-C: The British Museum, London

According to the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA), the British Museum continues to reign supreme for the 10th year running as the most popular UK attraction in 2016. Nearly 6.4 million people passed through its colonnade and classical façade to see the mummies, the Rosetta Stone (196 BC), the looted Parthenon statues, and onContinue reading “3-2-C: The British Museum, London”

Greek art manifested! – Defining Beauty at the British Museum

Greco-Roman sculpture has always been a source of intrigue for generations of artists, collectors, connoisseurs, and even tourists. The Venus de Milo in the Museé du Louvre is one of the most popular exhibits and has been a symbol of ideal female beauty and sophisticated taste for many art critics over the years. When theContinue reading “Greek art manifested! – Defining Beauty at the British Museum”

Behind the glass…the British Museum Print Room.

Have any of you ever felt irritated by the impatient crowds behind you as you strive to appreciate a work of art in detail? Have you ever wished the print in front of you was hung in a better light without any issues with glare and annoying reflections? Have you ever hoped to cross thatContinue reading “Behind the glass…the British Museum Print Room.”

What’s the difference between a Roman and an English person? Not much!

A black, carbonised wooden table, found in the ruins of Herculaneum, a lion’s head carved into its leg. Hanging above it, a joyous fresco of lovers drinking, the cares of the world seeping away into the distance. Finally, filling the empty void of the display case, the plaster cast of a once-playful dog, arched asContinue reading “What’s the difference between a Roman and an English person? Not much!”

Ice Age art – exactly how ‘modern’ was a 40,000 year old mind?

Before you enter this exhibition, you must be aware that the title is Ice Age art: arrival of the modern mind. The objects we see are not meant to be critiqued in our usual sense of the term ‘art’. Instead, we are to see them as merely the results of a developing mindset. It isContinue reading “Ice Age art – exactly how ‘modern’ was a 40,000 year old mind?”