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

NADFAS Directory Day

A great day had at the annual NADFAS Directory Day held in Westminster Central Hall last Wednesday. Despite the shocking and horrific events occurring in the square opposite the venue, spirits and attendance were both remarkably high. Lots of bookings made for talks on ‘The Queen of Instruments: The Lute in Old Master Painting’, and…… Continue reading NADFAS Directory Day

A Stranger in Warsaw

Image: Portrait of a man by an Imitator of Van Dyck, oil on canvas, 76 x 65cm. National Museum, Warsaw. (164201) The National Museum in Poland has recently done a fantastic job of uploading their collection online. These exhaustive databases are the perfect way to explore the stores of a gallery or museum from literally…… Continue reading A Stranger in Warsaw

Hispanica Lyra – Wallace Collection

Image: Hisapanica Lyra, Revista de la Sociedad de la Vihuela, no. 22, November 2016. I have had a brief article of mine published in Hispanica Lyra (journal of the Sociedad de la Viheula in Spain), on the Wallace Collection’s intriguing Portrait of a man with a Lute (P542). The painting is also featured on the…… Continue reading Hispanica Lyra – Wallace Collection

National Gallery Talk – Listen and Look

Image: Hendrick ter Brugghen, A man playing a lute, oil on canvas. National Gallery, London. On Wednesday 26th April I’ll be giving my first talk at the National Gallery, London, focusing on the Ter Brugghen’s A man playing a lute. The lute was used by painters to express various ideas, apart from the obvious allusions…… Continue reading National Gallery Talk – Listen and Look

Blogs – A complete list thus far…

Photo: JMW Turner, Warwick Castle, 1830-31, watercolour on paper. Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester. A complete list of blogs I’ve written thus far… Click the text to follow the links. Our Warwickshire George Greville,  2nd Earl of Warwick, Connoisseur Collector (2 parts) The Warwick Gittern An exceedingly rare lute by Hans Frei The Noble Imp’s Armour…… Continue reading Blogs – A complete list thus far…