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

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

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

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

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

New Blog – ‘Oranges and Lemons: Greville gardens & portraits’

Image: Francis or Robert Greville, Attributed to Gilbert Soest, oil on canvas, 50 x 40″. Warwick Castle. I’ve posted a new blog (in two parts) on Our Warwickshire, describing the exotic portraits and connections of the seventeenth century Grevilles of Warwick Castle. Click here to follow the link. Above: A detail of the African servant…… Continue reading New Blog – ‘Oranges and Lemons: Greville gardens & portraits’

A Prince reappears in Baltimore

  Photo: Attributed to Heindrick Gerritsz Pot (Dutch, c. 1585-1657) Portrait of a Gentleman, n.d. Oil on wood panel 7 x 5 1/4 in. (17.8 x 13.3 cm.) The Baltimore Museum of Art: The Mary Frick Jacobs Collection, BMA 1938.385 Studying art history is an endlessly thrilling affair. Whether snooping around a museum store, or…… Continue reading A Prince reappears in Baltimore