Why are we so in love with the past that we can't build for the present?I walked round a new private housing estate in St Albans today that was not an imitation of past architectural styles but an imitation of an imitation.The hung tiles, bays, dormer windows, small-paned windows, steep-pitched roofs, door styles and prominent … Continue reading WHY CAN’T BRITAIN BUILD MODERN HOUSES?
The Unite for Europe March in London yesterday was determined but good-natured. Marches like this encourage humour and invention. There were some witty and creative signs carried by the protestors against Britain's leaving the European Union.I had a chat with Grayson Perry, who was there with a Channel 4 film crew and trying to appear … Continue reading SIGNS FROM UNITE FOR EUROPE MARCH
The great attraction of the Capodimonte museum in Naples is the Caravaggio Flagellation. Naples has three great paintings by the bad boy of art, which we had to see: The Flagellation, The Seven Acts of Mercy (in Pio Monte della Misericordia) and The Martyrdom of St Ursula (in the Gallery of Palazzo Zevallos Stigliano, which … Continue reading RAFFAELLINO DEL GARBO’S "MADONNA AND CHILD WITH ST. JOHN"
Everything about this picture is right: the colours in both foreground and background, the out-of-focus background, the impracticality of Björk's clothing (which redeems the crochet from its awful 1970s associations), her posture, the asymmetry in her dress, hair and eye makeup. The asymmetric makeup perfects the picture. The human face is asymmetrical and pictures of … Continue reading FEARFUL SYMMETRY
The Dulwich Picture Gallery manages its small size and off-centre location well with appropriate and popular exhibitions. Its Ravilious show last year was perfectly suited to the building and its current exhibition of paintings and designs by Vanessa Bell fills a similar slot.VANESSA BELL (1879-1961)8 February 2017 to 4 June 201710am - 5pm, Tuesday - … Continue reading VANESSA BELL AT THE DULWICH PICTURE GALLERY