An invigilator’s view: Alfred Drury and the New Sculpture

The first visitor of the day walks in through the heavy grey doors, a large rucksack on his shoulders. He gives a brief nod and a smile to the invigilator, a student at the university. The visitor peruses the gallery space, first skim-reading the introductory plaque, then moving onto Alfred Drury’s Portrait of Price Edwards…

‘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 his…

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 the…