Tag: Renaissance

Art, Culture, History

Et tu, Brute?

Feeling stabbed in the back by politics? Villain or revolutionary, some of history’s most colourful characters had two faces. Often appearing next to the most powerful players of all time, traitors and acts of treason can alter the course of history for good or ill. Marcus Junius Brutus (85-42 B.C.) and Nelson […]

BAL161739 The Last Supper, 1495-97 (fresco) (post restoration) by Vinci, Leonardo da (1452-1519); 460x880 cm; Santa Maria della Grazie, Milan, Italy; (add.info.: detail of 227198;); Italian,  out of copyright
Art

Da Vinci: Fact or Fiction?

We’ve assembled our Top Ten Favourite Fascinating Facts about the man behind the Mona Lisa’s smile. Can you identify which of these ‘facts’ might be fiction… 1.)    As well as being an accomplished artist, Leonardo can also be described as an architect, engineer, mathematician and philosopher. Leonardo left fewer […]

XJL187563 Descent from the Cross, 1435 (oil on panel) (detail of St. John, the Virgin Mary and Christ) (see also 187570) by Weyden, Rogier van der (1399-1464); Prado, Madrid, Spain; Netherlandish,  out of copyright
Art, Culture

Celebrate Easter: Painting The Passion

Explore the true meaning of Easter shining forth in generations of art  For centuries, artists have depicted the events surrounding Jesus’s crucifixion. Full of emotion and symbolism, these scenes are reminders of the power of artistic expression. Though the earliest paintings of the Crucifixion date from the 5th century, The […]

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Art, What's On

The Artful Duality of Ali Smith’s Novel

In the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction winning novel How To Be Both, the intertwined stories of a 15th-century painter and a 21st-century teenager illuminate questions of art, identity, and immortality. The expansive nature of Ali Smith’s novel is highlighted by the interesting juxtaposition of the cover photograph of 60’s singers Sylvie Vartan and Francoise […]