The Art of Progress

Everything in the world is forever changing –  our planet, our government, our values, ourselves  – everything is shifting.  Art  serves as a  testament  leaving  its legacy and mark on change.  Art provides a reference to our world – a porthole, a window to the past, present and the now.  It has always been like this.  JContinue reading “The Art of Progress”

The Wonderful Myth

I’ve just come across this video about the ever popular Pre-Raphaelite painters.  Some of the artists, I am not familiar with – Edward Roberts Hughes and Charles Lock Eastlake are two of them.  But the video is just the thing to transport the spirit into another age (Victorian)- then into  yet another age (the ancient worldContinue reading “The Wonderful Myth”

Hats Off to York!

We’ve recently come back from a few days away in York.  Whilst there, I popped into the city Art Gallery where along with the ceramics, illustrations (wonderful small collection from children’s books) and paintings, there was an exhibition simply called ‘Hats’.  The exhibition which runs from to 18th September 2010 – 23rd  January 2011 tracks the wayContinue reading “Hats Off to York!”

Poll – My Pre-Raphaelite Favorite

  Pre- Raphaelite fans will be delighted with the art world’s latest find.  It’s a previously unseen drawing by  Dante Gabriel Rossetti of William Morris’s wife Jane.  The drawing which has been in a private collection shall go on display in January next year.  It is a full-scale pastel drawing called Mnemosyne.  The actual painting is on display inContinue reading “Poll – My Pre-Raphaelite Favorite”

Preserving the words

  Anyone who reads this blog will know that I’m a big fan of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London which houses many treasures illustrating not only our own culture but the world.  This week the museum is launching a campaign to conserve three of Dickens’s original manuscripts which were acquired from the writer’s home by hisContinue reading “Preserving the words”

Jerry cleans up!

You may remember that quite a few posts ago I wrote that Texan model Jerry Hall (ex Mrs Jagger) had decided to put some of her art collection up for auction last month (the post is here).  The collection which included paintings by Lucian Freud, Francesco Clemente and Warhol were sold at auction on the 16th OctoberContinue reading “Jerry cleans up!”

My 634 post – All my Yesterdays? well, a few of them

  I thought that I’d do an update as I haven’t done one since my 550th in June.  I am glad that the experiment in cutting down my blog post by posting every few days doesn’t seem to affected my views.  Posting every day (which I managed for a full year) was getting very time-consuming: life  and Bookstains wereContinue reading “My 634 post – All my Yesterdays? well, a few of them”