Is pleasure anything but a dream?

“One hears nothing of quarrels, nor murmurs there; it is the land of soft peace. The only noise that one hears is that of the river of forgetfulness, which flowing over small stones, makes a soft murmur that invites rest.” Ovid on Cimmeria the residence of Sleep I was recently shown a picture belonging to…… Continue reading Is pleasure anything but a dream?

Armour for Boys – Van Dyck & the Prince of Wales

Image: Prince of Wales, later Charles II, by Sir Anthony Van Dyck. Sotheby’s, London. Although it might be bewildering to modern audiences, princely armour made for children was fairly common in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Sotheby’s are auctioning off an outstanding Van Dyck in the upcoming Old Master Paintings sale of the eleven year…… Continue reading Armour for Boys – Van Dyck & the Prince of Wales

Sotheby’s Old Master Paintings Preview

Image: Photograph by Lara Arnott – I recently had the great pleasure of giving a short talk and performance at the Sotheby’s Old Master Paintings preview in London. The talk focused on the significance of the lute in a picture featured in the OMP Evening Sale. The painting depicted a female lutenist and was…… Continue reading Sotheby’s Old Master Paintings Preview

Re-scheduled – Art from the Warwick Castle Archive

Good news that my lecture on Art from the Warwick Castle Archive has been re-scheduled to Saturday 10th November 2018. The lecture is for the Friends of the Warwickshire County Record Office, and will be held at the WCRO starting at 2pm. The talk will cover a variety of materials relating to the Grevilles of…… Continue reading Re-scheduled – Art from the Warwick Castle Archive

The Lute in Art – National Gallery Course

Image; Detail of A Woman Playing a Lute to Two Men by Gerard Ter Borch, 1667-8. National Gallery, London. I am very excited to announce the details of a course I will be leading at the National Gallery on 19th April 2018. Entitled The Prince of Instruments – The Lute in Art this day long course…… Continue reading The Lute in Art – National Gallery Course

Sotheby’s Old Masters Preview

Image; Follower of Caravaggio, The Gamblers, oil on canvas, 175.5 x 236cm. Sotheby’s, London, December 7 2017, lot 190. I’m honoured to be giving a short talk at the upcoming Sotheby’s Old Masters Preview on 1st December 2017. My talk will focus on a painting in their upcoming Day Sale, attributed to a follower of…… Continue reading Sotheby’s Old Masters Preview

Private thoughts on a bust of Shakespeare

Image: Twitter – @MethShakespeare Portraits are powerful objects. They play an enormous role in helping visualise and shape our interpretation of figures from the past. Whilst driving through Stratford upon Avon last week I spotted many bright and glossy posters promoting a Shakespeare Anniversary event being held in the town. Whilst waiting in traffic lights,…… Continue reading Private thoughts on a bust of Shakespeare