Vermeer and the role of music

I assume many of us are familiar with Johannes Vermeer’s painterly masterpiece entitled Girl with a Pearl Earring (c. 1665), on display at the Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshius in The Hague, the Netherlands. Well, unfortunately, the National Gallery’s latest exhibition doesn’t have anything to do with this painting, but it draws on a theme that…

‘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…

Souzou – a kind of Surrealism…or maybe not.

I remember the last time I went to Euston was to catch a train for a 5 hour journey to Aberystwyth, Wales. Last week, I went there to visit a gallery I had never heard of until a month ago for their latest exhibition. The Wellcome Collection’s Souzou: Outsider Art from Japan features the creative…