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Madeleine Emerald Thiele

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

Not Paolo, but Cheese

In a cloister of S. Miniato without Florence, also, he wrought the lives of the Holy Fathers, chiefly in terra-verde, and partly in colour; wherein he paid little regard to effecting harmony by painting with one colour, as should be... Continue Reading →

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MCMXIV by Philip Larkin

Those long uneven lines Standing as patiently As if they were stretched outside The Oval or Villa Park, The crowns of hats, the sun On moustached archaic faces Grinning as if it were all An August Bank Holiday lark; And... Continue Reading →

See, even Night herself is here

Harvey: The Hearing Ear and the Seeing Eye

Professor John Harvey presented The Hearing Ear and the Seeing Eye: Transformative listening to the biblical image as a keynote for the inaugural Visual Theology conference in Chichester. Harvey’s manner is understated, his clothes often black - perhaps like his... Continue Reading →

CfP: Ruskin and the Pre-Raphaelites: Sacre Conversazioni

In association with Marlborough College, The Visual Theology Symposia present: Ruskin and the Pre-Raphaelites: Sacre Conversazioni Saturday 21st and 22nd September, 2019 ‘All great art is praise’ John Ruskin This conference aims to celebrate the life and work of John Ruskin... Continue Reading →

Transforming (In)Sight: Millais’ The Blind Girl

John Everett Millais’ small oil painting The Blind Girl (1854 – 1856, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery) depicts two girls sitting in the middle of a field. It is one of his most original compositions which critics and galleries of... Continue Reading →

Mantegna and Bellini at the National Gallery

On the first of October, the National Gallery opens their tale of two contemporaries: Andrea Mantegna (1430/1–1506) and Giovanni Bellini (active about 1459–1516). The show aims to examine their familial ties and to some extent their home cities, presenting a... Continue Reading →

Mantegna and Bellini: Brothers – in Law and Art

  Images via my own collection of photos

Lorenzo Lotto Portraits at National Gallery

This welcome press release comes via the National Gallery. “Lotto was the first Italian painter who was sensitive to the varying status of the human soul. Never before or since has anyone brought out on the face more of the... Continue Reading →

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