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Madeleine Emerald Thiele

The Victorian Butterfly muses upon Art, Angels & other stuff in between.

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How Well Do You Know Angels?

1) Adam and Eve were banished from the Garden of Eden after eating from the Tree of Knowledge. The angel barring the gate and ensuring their eviction had a: a) Flaming sword b) Flaming hand c) A lightning bolt d)... Continue Reading →

Visual Theology: Transformative Looking (1850 – Now) Conference CfP

The Inaugural Conference of the Visual Theology Symposium in association with the Diocese of Chichester, and Art and Christianity, will take place this October, 19th and 20th, at the Palace of Chichester. Our website can be found here and it... Continue Reading →

Royal Women at the Fashion Museum

A new landmark exhibition of Royal dresses is on display at the Fashion Museum in Bath. ‘Royal Women’ offers visitors the chance to indulge in an array of silks and satins drawn from the Fashion Museum’s own collection, as well... Continue Reading →

The Spotted Fawn by Phoebe Hesketh

The spotted fawn Awoke in small leaf-spotted suns That dappled all his tawny back, Tattooing him with coins where he lay Beside his mother's warmth the first day That shpwed him light, Leaf-filtered, kind and green, The day that played... Continue Reading →

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Susan Sontag: Photography

Susan Sontag’s seminal book Photography (1977) speaks prophetically about many of the issues social media is now forcing us to consider. Who owns images, what is intrusive, historical, artistic, useful in a photograph? What is narcissistic, who shoots, who poses,... Continue Reading →

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An Ekphrastic Courtyard

Derek Mahon's poem, 'Courtyards in Delft' is based upon the world-renowned painting of the same name by Pieter de Hooch (1658, National Gallery). I stumbled across this poem when reading Stephen Cheeke's book Writing for Art: The Aesthetics of Ekphrasis... Continue Reading →

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