Day 10 – Barge Haulers on the Volga

Day 10 – Ilya Repin, Barge Haulers on the Volga, 1870-73, The State Russian Museum, St Petersburg. Originally posted on 28 March 2020 Russia had the most wonderful artists in the 19th Century, and it surprises me a little that, although we are so familiar with the name ‘Tolstoy’, most of us have never even heard ofContinue reading “Day 10 – Barge Haulers on the Volga”

Day 9 – The Fighting Temeraire

Day 9 – Joseph Mallord William Turner, The Fighting Temeraire, 1839, National Gallery, London. Originally posted on 27 March 2020 Isn’t this a wonderful painting? Evocative, atmospheric, rich in colour, packed with meaning – all in all, it is beautifully painted. Indeed, a few years back it was voted ‘the Nation’s favourite painting’, and has evenContinue reading “Day 9 – The Fighting Temeraire”

Day 8 – The Birth of Venus

Day 8 – Alessandro Botticelli, The Birth of Venus, c. 1485, The Uffizi, Florence. Originally posted on 26 March 2020 The request I’m following up today is ‘wonky people in early paintings’, and although 1485 is not terribly early from my point of view, a discussion ensued about Botticelli – and as I mentioned Venus yesterday,Continue reading “Day 8 – The Birth of Venus”

Day 7 – The Annunciation

Day 7 – Piero della Francesca, The Annunciation, c. 1455, San Francesco, Arezzo. Originally posted on 25 March 2020 Something to look forward to: it’s only NINE MONTHS to Christmas! And while we’re at it, I’d like to wish all you mothers out there a Belated Happy Mothers’ Day! The two are not unconnected. Admittedly, anyoneContinue reading “Day 7 – The Annunciation”

Day 6 – Quince, Cabbage, Melon and Cucumber

Day 6 – Juan Sánchez Cotán, Quince, Cabbage, Melon and Cucumber, ca. 1602, San Diego Museum of Art, California. Originally posted on 24 March 2020 If I were to give these musings a title each day, today’s would be ‘The Vengeance of the Vegetables, or, In Search of Celeriac’, and it is a response to theContinue reading “Day 6 – Quince, Cabbage, Melon and Cucumber”

Day 5 – St Michael Triumphs over the Devil

Day 5 – Bartolomé Bermejo, St Michael Triumphs over the Devil, 1468, National Gallery, London Originally posted on 23 March 2020 Thank you all for all your thoughts, suggestions and queries. I’m building up quite a backlog of material, whether its the vengeance of the vegetables, or the continued presence of deceased dogs in art… but todayContinue reading “Day 5 – St Michael Triumphs over the Devil”

Day 4 – Tobias and the Angel

Day 4 – Workshop of Verrocchio, Tobias and the Angel, about 1470-5, National Gallery, London. Originally posted on 22 March 2020 Day 4 and I’m building up a number of ideas, thanks to your queries, requests and enthusiasms. Thanks for the various nominations for ‘Best Cabbage in Art’ – I’ll get back to those, IContinue reading “Day 4 – Tobias and the Angel”

Day 3 – Cookmaid with Still Life of Vegetables and Fruit

Day 3 – Sir Nathaniel Bacon, Cookmaid with Still Life of Vegetables and Fruit, probably 1620s, Tate Britain, London. Originally posted on 21 March 2020 So what, I hear you ask, is the best cabbage in art (see #POTD 1)? Well, one of you asked, so thank you Sarah! I have two nominations, but I’mContinue reading “Day 3 – Cookmaid with Still Life of Vegetables and Fruit”

Day 2 – Pan and Syrinx

Day 2 – Boucher, Pan and Syrinx, 1759, National Gallery, London. Originally posted on 20 March 2020 Day 2, and my thoughts turned to pandemics – don’t ask me why. The term comes from the Greek words ‘pan’ and ‘demos’, meaning ‘all’ and ‘people’. This, in turn, made me think of Pan, the Greek godContinue reading “Day 2 – Pan and Syrinx”

Day 1 – The Rape of Europa

Day 1 – Titian, The Rape of Europa, 1562, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston. Originally posted on 19 March, 2020 In these extraordinary times, I’m going to attempt to write about a painting every day – but where to start? Having made a pilgrimage on foot to the National Gallery on Tuesday to catch theContinue reading “Day 1 – The Rape of Europa”