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!”

‘Olympia’ and the ‘Venus of Urbino’ in the same show?

That’s right. Two very inter-related paintings, set apart by three centuries, have finally been exhibited side by side for the first time in the Palazzo Ducale’s latest Manet exhibition in Venice. The exhibition, entitled Manet: Return to Venice, is an attempt at surveying the cultural models that inspired the artist during the course of hisContinue reading “‘Olympia’ and the ‘Venus of Urbino’ in the same show?”

Manet and Parisian Modernity

“Manet…join[s] to a pronounced taste for reality, for modern reality…that active and spacious imagination, both sensitive and bold, without which…even the best talents are only servants without masters, agents without authority.” –          Charles Baudelaire, 1862 Well, it’s the first ‘proper’ week of my Easter break, so I decided to make my first trip to theContinue reading “Manet and Parisian Modernity”

Easter break exhibitions!

Hey all! So, Easter break is coming up in a few weeks, which means an entire month to see some more exhibitions! Here’s what’s hopefully coming up in my Easter posts: Manet: Portraying Life – Royal Academy of Arts, http://www.royalacademy.org.uk Barocci: Brilliance and Grace – National Gallery, http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk Becoming Picasso: Paris 1901 – The CourtauldContinue reading “Easter break exhibitions!”

Performance and Painting – a collaboration with weird results…

Taking its name from David Hockney’s 1967 painting entitled A Bigger Splash, Tate’s exhibition focuses on the relationship between performance art and painting, specifically the infusion of the two. It gathers together works of varying mediums, including photographs, films and installations, from the 1950s to the present day. I went to this exhibition back inContinue reading “Performance and Painting – a collaboration with weird results…”

Roy Lichtenstein and his Ben-Days

In 1964, the Tate Gallery of Modern Art saw the arrival of Roy Lichtenstein, the first American artist to exhibit at the Tate. The reactions of the British public were far from impressed. Now, 49 years later, his legendary works drawing on 1960s American pop culture are once again reunited in a blockbuster retrospective inContinue reading “Roy Lichtenstein and his Ben-Days”