Top 5 London Art Exhibitions 2019: A Personal Selection

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 to [...]

Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing – The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace

Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing – The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace

Out of the world’s collections of Leonardo da Vinci drawings, the Royal Collection’s holdings are the largest, totalling an impressive 550 sheets. For the 500th anniversary celebrations of the artist’s death, a third of these were exhibited at 12 simultaneous venues in the UK, before being reunited in a major exhibition at The Queen’s Gallery [...]

Top 5 London Art Exhibitions 2018: A Personal Selection

Top 5 London Art Exhibitions 2018: A Personal Selection

Another year has passed and sadly I’ve been too occupied to write properly this year! However, my Instagram has been very active indeed with short reviews and nuggets of art-historical information. I also published a number of book reviews on the Museum Bookstore website, writing about Michelangelo and Andrea del Sarto. 2018 has been a [...]

Top 5 London Art Exhibitions 2017: 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: Cézanne Portraits – National Portrait Gallery This exhibition was thoroughly impressive with every room. The [...]

A case of ‘mirror mania’ – Van Eyck and the Pre-Raphaelites

A case of ‘mirror mania’ – Van Eyck and the Pre-Raphaelites

When the National Gallery acquired Jan van Eyck’s Arnolfini Portrait (1434) in 1842, it was the only pristine example of early Netherlandish painting from this period in their collection. Van Eyck had also been erroneously credited as the inventor of oil painting, a sixteenth-century myth invented by Giorgio Vasari in Italy and perpetuated by Karel [...]

Encountering the Past

Encountering the Past

In a chapter of Cynthia Freedland’s book, Portraits & Persons, the philosopher proposes that portraits are images of persons that fulfil one or more of the following features: Likenesses Psychological characterisations Proofs of presence or ‘contact’ Manifestations of a person’s ‘essence’ or ‘air’ Such criteria may seem obvious but, in practice, they are particularly difficult [...]

‘My dearest compare’: Michelangelo & Sebastiano

‘My dearest compare’: Michelangelo & Sebastiano

‘All the discords that arose between Pope Julius and me were owing to the envy of Bramante and Raphael of Urbino […] And Raphael had good reason to be envious, since what he knew of art he learnt from me.’ (Michelangelo from Rome to an unknown addressee, October-November 1542) What do you get when you [...]