Dogs at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Bed Oak and pine veneered with mahogany; Ebonized pine; patinated bronze; gilded metal; modern upholstery, c. 1810, probably by Thomas...

Alcott's Laurie

Jo, Meg, Amy, Beth, Marmee ... sure the March women are equal in literary fame and stature to the great heroines of Jane Austen or George...

Little Women, Big Hearts

Little Women, dir. Greta Gerwig, 2019 If ever we needed film to supply a much-needed tonic for our caustic, worrisome times, Greta...

In praise of sight and sound

Pan's Labyrinth, dir. Guillermo del Toro, 2006 I saw this on a restored 35mm print: what a revelation. The depth of colours, the rich...

The Virgin with the Sleeping Christ Child

Oil on canvas, c. 1610, by Orazio Gentileschi, (1563 – 1639) For the week of Christmas, a scene of the nativity. This is one of several...

Tarantino's Nirvana?

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, dir. Quentin Tarantino, 2019 To watch this new movie is to witness Tarantino not as we’ve come to expect -...

Summer Scene (with bathers)

Oil on canvas, 1869, by Jean Frederic Bazille (1841 - 1870) I was drawn to this painting primarily because it vividly echoes one of the...

Brainbow of a Hippocampus

Microetching on photographic paper, 2007, by Jean Livet, Ryan Draft and Jeff Lichtman Coming across this lithograph, one immediately...

Mother and Child

Oil on canvas, 1901, by Pablo Picasso (1881 – 1973) Of the several Picassos hung in the same space, Mother and Child is by far the most...

A Tangled Web

The Spell, by Allan Hollinghurst, Chatto & Windus, 1998 What is remarkable about Hollinghurst's fiction is what is usually not remarkable...

Hanging Woodcock

Oil on canvas, 1897, by George Cope (1855 – 1929) There is something immediately very disarming about Hanging Woodcock which also invites...

Grass, Anyone?

Greener Grass, dir. Jocelyn DeBeer, Dawn Luebbe, 2019 Set in the syrupy world of soccer moms, everyone in this turgid town wears braces...

Henry Lee Higginson

Oil on canvas, 1903 by John Singer Sargent (1856 – 1925) Higginson is described by the curator as being a Civil War Veteran and a banker,...

Feeding the Habit

Open Book – A Literary Postcard by Ian Holding, broadcast on BBC Radio 4, May 2018 For a bibliophile, living in a country like Zimbabwe...