The Government Art Collection (GAC) exhibition has been in the Ulster Museum for a few weeks now, and I still haven’t been. So, who is up for a trip to see it? Sunday 7 April 2013 It is a bit … Continue reading Ulster Museum? visit to Government Art Collection Exhibition who is up for it?
Ed Vaizey MP, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries, has placed a temporary export bar on the seven hangings which lasts until 20 May 2013 but may be extended to 20 August 2013 if … Continue reading £120k needed to stop Jewish religious silk hangings from leaving the UK
Earlier this evening Sir Kenneth Branagh presented the honorary award to Her Majesty the Queen at a reception for the British film industry hosted by Her Majesty at Windsor Castle. The award from the British Academy of Film and Television … Continue reading HM The Queen gets a BAFTA
The religious reformations of the ⅩⅥ and ⅩⅦ centuries led to the wholesale destruction of virtually all Christian paintings and sculpture in England, Wales, and Scotland. Fragments remain and one or two pieces. IT is all the more remarkable then that one of the pieces remaining is the exceptional painting known as the Wilton Diptych. Probably commissioned for King Richard Ⅱ or perhaps for his Queen (and now in the National Gallery, London) it shows on one panel Our Lady and the Christ Child surrounded by the glory of angels and on the other, King Richard kneeling in homage accompanied … Continue reading England: our Lady’s dowry – a lesson from Richard Ⅱ
I was fortunate to be on a guided tour of the Christ Church Picture Gallery, where my good friend John Whitehead was on duty, yesterday afternoon. Although it was free, and there were plenty of tourists in the city as a result of St Giles’ Fair, I was the only person on the tour. This made for a very interesting afternoon, hearing about all sorts of paintings, and seeing some particularly gruesome images. Continue reading “oxford shows off 16th century ‘video nasty’”