Leander’s Tower on the Bosporus

Oil on canvas, 1876, by Sanford Robinson Gifford (1823 – 1880) There is a sense of undeserved nostalgia which resonates from this dreamy...

Caravaggio's David and Goliath

David and Goliath Oil on canvas, 1599, by Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571 – 1610) David with the Head of Goliath Oil on wood,...

Joseph and Potiphar’s Wife

Oil on canvas, 1640, by Paolo Finoglia (1590 – 1645) or 1623, by Artemisia Gentileschi (1593 – 1656) That there is some debate over the...

Cranes

Pair of two-panel folding screens; ink, colour, and gold on paper, 1825, by Suzuki Kiitsu (1796 - 1858) Left panel Right panel These two...

Saint Sebastian by Régnier

Saint Sebastian Oil on canvas, 1620, by Nicolas Régnier (1591–1667) Saint Sebastian Oil on canvas, 1620, by Nicolas Régnier (1591–1667)...

Requiescat

Oil on canvas, 1888, by Briton Rivière (1840 – 1920) This heart-wrenching painting by the British painter, Briton Rivière could arguably...

Piazza San Marco, Venice

Oil on canvas, 1734, by Canaletto (1697 – 1768) Global pandemics permitting, you happen to be in Italy, seeing the sights, indulging in...

Three Paintings by Degas

Singer with a Glove Pastel on canvas, 1878 by Edgar Degas (1834 – 1917) The Rehearsal Oil on canvas, 1878 Edgar Degas (1834 – 1917)...

Three Pairs of Shoes

Oil on canvas, 1887 by Vincent van Gogh (1853 – 1890) Would the mighty Roman empire have risen if it were not for the fact that Roman...

A Sea-Spell

Oil on canvas, 1877, by Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828 - 1882) We learn from Homer’s The Odyssey how the mythical Sirens posed yet another...

Miss Alice Kurtz

Oil on canvas, 1903, by Thomas Eakins (1844 – 1916) Yet another artist misunderstood, under-appreciated and falling foul of the...

When Others Speak

Outline, (2014), Transit (2017), Kudos (2019) by Rachel Cusk, Faber & Faber What is a novelist to do when they wish to speak in their own...

Images (V0l. 5) - Cecil Beaton Images

The whole point of Camp is to dethrone the serious. Camp is playful, anti-serious. More precisely, Camp involves a new, more complex...

The Abduction of Psyche

Oil on canvas, 1895, by William-Adoplhe Bouguereau (1825–1905) Poor old Psyche has been put through the ringer by the time her depiction...

Pandemic Education

Education in the Shadow of the Pandemic – Remarks in the Context of the Zimbabwean Paradigm As Covid-19 infections worldwide reach the...

The Punishment of Cain

Oil on canvas, 1836, by Théodore Chassériau, (1819 – 1856) There are some fundamental “problems” with the parable of Cain and Abel which...

Monsters from the Sea

Leviafan (Левиафан), dir. Andrey Zvyagintsev, 2014 Zvyaginstev's earlier 2003 film, Vozvrashcheniye (The Return) impressed for the...

Images (Vol. 4) - Music Drawings

"Automatism" or the involuntary actions and processes not under the control of the conscious mind - for example, dreaming, breathing, or...

The Greatest of All?

The Jewel in the Crown, devised by Christopher Morahan, Jim O'Brien, Ken Taylor and Irene Shubik, 1984 This age of the pandemic may have...

Mardi Gras on the Boulevards

Oil on canvas, 1897, by Camille Pissarro (1830 – 1903) Something always struck me as being distinctly familiar about La Mi-Careme sur les...