Day 12 – The Effects of Intemperance

Day 12 – Jan Steen, The Effects of Intemperance, about 1663-5, National Gallery, London. Originally posted on 30 March 2020 I thought about this painting the other day, as I was taking my daily exercise. I saw someone walking directly towards me right down the middle of the pavement who clearly wasn’t going to shift outContinue reading “Day 12 – The Effects of Intemperance”

Day 11 – Cupid complaining to Venus

Day 11 – Lucas Cranach the Elder, Cupid complaining to Venus, 1526-7, National Gallery, London. Originally posted on 29 March 2020 I’ve had a request to talk about Cranach, partly to make up for the fact that the exhibition at Compton Verney, which opened on 14 March, can no longer be seen. I’m delighted to doContinue reading “Day 11 – Cupid complaining to Venus”

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 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 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”