Michelangelo & Sebastiano

Michelangelo & Sebastiano

Michelangelo & Sebastiano National Gallery Until 25 June 2017 Admission £18 nationalgallery.org.uk   ‘Neglected’, ‘overlooked’, ‘forgotten’, ‘unappreciated’ are just some of the words that could describe Sebastiano del Piombe (1485-1547), at the time, the achingly talented Venetian and as big a name as Michelangelo, Titian and Raphael in Rome, from...

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David Hockney

David Hockney

The media has become preoccupied with who ‘Britain’s Greatest Living Artist’ is. After Francis Bacon died in 1992, the hollow crown was perched precariously on Lucian Freud’s head until he died in 2011, and this was was then followed by an interregnum, while various art critics bandied around names like...

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Lockwood Kipling: Arts and Crafts in the Punjab and London.

Lockwood Kipling: Arts and Crafts in the Punjab and London.

A decorative mosaic panel on the original facade of the V&A Museum, which is now a grand threshold for its cafe, shows a portrait of bearded John Lockwood Kipling. The terracotta panels visible on the exterior front of this Museum are also the work of Kipling. He was born in...

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Diana: Her Fashion Story

Diana: Her Fashion Story

A carpet of forget me nots, enhanced with tulips and scented narcissi, will adorn the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace in springtime, to celebrate the life of Diana, Princess of Wales. In summertime the reflective pool in this historic garden, so loved by the Princess, will be surrounded with white...

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Flaming June: The Making of an Icon

Flaming June: The Making of an Icon

Flaming June: The Making of an Icon. Leighton House Museum. Until 2nd April. 2017. A Victorian painting of a sleeping beauty, adorned in a diaphanous, glowing gown, seemingly made of shimmering orange sunshine, awoke the world as she posed beside the sea, apparently the Mediterranean, in her flowing classical style...

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Intrigue: James Ensor by Luc Tuymans

Intrigue: James Ensor by Luc Tuymans

Trying to name famous Belgians is a popular question at pub quizzes. Some can come up with a handful, including two painters, René Magritte and Peter Paul Rubens, then maybe Eddy Merckx the five-times Tour de France winner, Adolphe Sax of ’phone fame, and then they let the side down...

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Beyond Caravaggio

Beyond Caravaggio

  Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio was certainly the bad boy of Renaissance art. He killed a man, Ranuccio Tomassoni, in a row over a woman, Fillide Melandroni, one of his models and a famous Roman beauty and courtesan. Recent research has disclosed that Tomassoni, who was not only a rival...

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Bedlam: the asylum and beyond Wellcome Collection

Bedlam: the asylum and beyond Wellcome Collection

Until 15 January 2017 Admission free wellcomecollection.org   A cartoon by Berger and Wyse appeared in the Guardian a couple years ago, depicting a slice of fruitcake, some nuts, crackers and a banana waiting outside a building, entitled ‘Support group for food used as a metaphor for mental illness’. A sign hanging on the door says ‘Out...

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Wonderlab at the Science Museum: A review

Wonderlab at the Science Museum: A review

Summary: Wonderlab is a fresh breath of air for the Science Museum. A strong, well planned gallery that doesn’t shy away from the actual Science, encased in bright unassuming British “muf” architecture. It opens today, October 12 , and is free for schools that book in advance. Once upon a time,...

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You Say You Want A Revolution? Records and Rebels 1966-1970 at the V&A

You Say You Want A Revolution? Records and Rebels 1966-1970 at the V&A

You Say You Want A Revolution?Records and Rebels 1966-1970 at the V&A £16.00 It’s hard to not approach the V&A’s multimedia extravaganza du jour without a leaden feeling of cynicism. You Say You Want A Revolution? feels like a fairly transparent attempt by the V&A to follow up 2013 eye-wateringly...

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