The Battle of the Amazons – Simon Cognoulle

Image: The Battle of the Amazons, after Peter Paul Rubens, by Simon Cognoulle. Warwick Castle, Warwickshire. Easily missed within the neo-gothic chapel of Warwick Castle is a magnificent feat of woodcarving. On closer inspection, the tangle of limbs which stretch out from the framed panel draws us into the scene itself. It is perhaps of…… Continue reading The Battle of the Amazons – Simon Cognoulle

The Kenilworth Buffet – A history

Image: The Kenilworth Buffet, by Cooke & Sons of Warwick, 1842-1851. Warwick Castle. (Originally published by the DADG Decorative Art and Design Group in January 2017. Illustrations at bottom of page.) Graceful or grotesque? Elegant or excessive? Magnificent or mawkish? One such marvel, or monstrosity, is the Kenilworth Buffet. Carved in solid oak by Cooke &…… Continue reading The Kenilworth Buffet – A history

Joseph Wright of Derby paints Warwick Castle

Image: Warwick Castle by Moonlight, Joseph Wright of Derby, dated 1787, oil on canvas 58 x 76.2cm. Private Collection, Montreal.  In 2014 I was handed a postcard of a painting for a cataloguing task during my Master’s Degree. Fortunately, I recognised the view instantly. The uniquely shaped stone tower perched on a rock; the river…… Continue reading Joseph Wright of Derby paints Warwick Castle

National Gallery Talk – Holbein’s Lute

Image: Detail from Hans Holbein’s Ambassadors, National Gallery, London. I’m delighted to announce that I’ll be giving another talk at the National Gallery, London, on 20th September 2017. The talk will focus on the symbolism and significance of the marvellously painted lute which features in Holbein’s Ambassadors. The lecture was researched in association with London…… Continue reading National Gallery Talk – Holbein’s Lute

Warwick Museum Event – Hans Frei Lute

Image: Lute, c.1550, by Hans Frei of Bologna, and Sheldon Tapestry, Warwickshire Museum. On 16th November I’ll be presenting a special talk on the Warwickshire Museum’s extremely rare sixteenth century lute. Made by Hans Frei, one of the lute equivalents of ‘Stradivarius’, very few original lutes have survived in museum and private collections. The illustrated…… Continue reading Warwick Museum Event – Hans Frei Lute

Wallace Collection – Podcast

Image: Portrait of a man with a lute, unknown artist, The Wallace Collection; Photographs from Stephen Barber & Sandi Harris workshop. I’ve made a podcast for the Wallace Collection focusing on a enigmatic portrait in the Medieval and Renaissance galleries. Entitled ‘Portrait of a young man with a lute’, and attributed an unknown Tuscan painter,…… Continue reading Wallace Collection – Podcast