Category Archives: 2020

Even when he was dying, Manet created beauty…

I adore Édouard Manet’s flower paintings. They are rarely talked about because his other works (Olympia, Le Déjeuner sur l’herbe, The Bar at the Folies-Bergère) are so sensational and progressive – credited with being the first ‘modern’ paintings. His large-scale masterpieces have eclipsed the quiet beauty of his still life paintings. But these little gems […]

St. Francis of Assisi – Why is he important when we’re looking at art?

Why is St. Francis of Assisi important when studying Art History? St Francis, a friar that lived between c.1182 and 1226, changed the way people responded to the Christian message. He brought the stories of the Bible to the Italian masses in a radical and original manner – through preaching, drama, acting and storytelling. He […]

Online lecture ‘The Art of Isolation’ raises £820 for Age UK!

I’m delighted to announce that my recent online art history lecture, ‘The Art of Isolation: Edward Hopper’s Masterpieces’ raised £820 for Age UK! To all those who attended this special fundraiser talk on 1st May – thank you. Age UK conduct brilliant work at the best of times. Now the coronavirus has struck, calls to […]