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Da Vinci: Fact or Fiction?

Posted by Published on May 23, 2017

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 than 30 paintings, several of which are incomplete, along with hundreds of drawings, sketches, and…

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To celebrate the arrival of spring we explore the fascinating history of flowers in art. Medieval Illuminated Manuscripts Surviving illustrated manuscripts provide a beautiful timeline of their aesthetic and decorative evolution. Motifs usually consisted of an illustration or flowers and arabesques. Flowers often carry a symbolic value and this symbolism developed as a way of teaching religious truths. Roses, for example, symbolized the blood of…

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Strong Women in History

Posted by Published on May 22, 2017

A pretty standard answer to the question “Which woman do you most admire?” tends to be “My mother”. Like others, I admire my mum enormously as I do my maternal grandmother, a single mum at the end of  WWII struggling to make ends meet. My mum went back to college once my sister and I were old enough to look after ourselves, and finally found…

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Berthe Morisot: Portrait of an Artist

Posted by Published on May 19, 2017

 Life and work of one of the lesser known Impressionists, Berthe Morisot (1841-95). Manet’s Muse You may not know her name, but it is likely you know her face. Morisot was the model and muse to Edouard Manet, appearing in some of his best known works, including ‘The Balcony’. But Morisot was far more than a model, having established herself as a distinctive and dedicated…

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Skip the tuition fees and take a crash course at the Manchester School of Art, the second oldest art school in the UK, through their vintage prospectus videos   It was the year of the Wall Street Crash, the first Academy Awards ceremony, and the beginning of Sartre and de Beauvoir’s love affair. It was the former school of painter L.S. Lowry and suffragette Sylvia…

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The Secret Lives of Artists

Posted by Published on April 5, 2017

From the grand studio homes of Victorian artists residing in their suits to the paint splattered studios of Frank Auerbach and Lucian Freud, rare photography archives reveal the creative environment and working practices of artists from the last two centuries.   The Lewinski photo archive Jorge Lewinski, a Polish refugee who served in the RAF, is a foremost photographer of artists in their studios. The…

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A Celebration of Motherhood

Posted by Published on March 23, 2017

For as long as artists have been wielding their brushes, the relationship between a mother and her child has been a foremost theme. To coincide with Mother’s Day, here are some of the most celebrated non-religious mother and child images in the history of art and an exploration of the artists who conceived them.     An Intimate Bond: Mary Cassatt  (1844-1926)  In the late…

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Cute Animals

Posted by Published on March 8, 2017

Pets are a great way to beat the blues, offering unconditional love and companionship. No furry-legged friend? Well, your next best bet is a specially curated gallery of adorable pups, cute cubs and curious kittens from the whole spectrum of art history and beyond, sure to warm the cockles of even the hardest heart. See a few of my favourites below; from the mythical animals…

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The Queen’s Art Collection

Posted by Published on March 8, 2017

The Royal Collection is the art collection of the British Royal Family and one of the largest and most important art collections in the world, spanning over 500 years of history. Discover stories behind some of the paintings that can be viewed in the royal palaces.   The Nubian Giraffe by Jacques-Laurent Agasse The giraffe in this painting was one of three giraffes given as gifts by…

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Sidney Nolan’s Burke & Wills series

Posted by Published on February 16, 2017

The late, great, Sir Sidney Nolan, one of Australia’s most prominent artists, marks several anniversaries in 2017.  This year sees both the centenary year of the artist’s birth and the 25th anniversary of his death.  To celebrate the life of the internationally acclaimed artist, immerse yourself in Nolan’s Australia, through the Nolan’s Burke & Wills series.   Burke & Wills Nolan’s inspiration came from a fateful expedition in 1860,…

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