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...

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...

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...

Images (Vol. 3) - Steichen Images

In photography’s early decades, photographs were expected to be idealized images. This is still the aim of most amateur photographers,...

Images (Vol. 2) - Appropriated Images

The idea of bricolage - of what I would call "purposed appropriation" - can be summarised as follows: "All systems fall on a continuum...

Images (Vol. 1) - Black Images

He - Antoine-Henri Becquerel - noted that when uranium salts were left on a photographic plate sealed in paper, an energy from the salts...

Grisly Reflections

Lucian Freud: The Self-Portraits, Museum of Fine Art, Boston (March - May 2020) This week has presented one of contrasting perspectives...

Venus Mourning the Death of Adonis

Venus Mourning the Death of Adonis Oil on panel, 1646, by Bartholomeus Breenbergh (1598 – 1657) Reclining Male Nude Oiled charcoal and...

Saint Jerome at the Fogg Museum

Saint Jerome Oil on canvas, 1640, by Jusepe de Ribera (1591 – 1652) Saint Jerome in the Desert with Saints John the Baptist and Ansanus...