The Restoration is immortalised as a period of decadence and debauchery - when Charles was restored to the throne in 1660, a new libertine age commenced following the Puritan years under Oliver Cromwell.
Botticelli is an artist whose reputation has been in flux ever since his work became eclipsed by High Renaissance masters, with this exhibition, the biggest of Botticelli in Britain since 1930, aiming to show how his work has permeated popular culture.
Osborne House, situated on the Isle of Wight, was the family retreat from the city for Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.
So as it is nearly Valentine’s Day, and I haven’t posted anything in a while, I thought I’d post something about a painting I really love – which just so happens to be about love itself. It is also in my favourite place of all time, the National Gallery, which possibly contributes to why I…
The Museo del Prado has some beautiful Renaissance paintings, but for me, the jewel in their crown are the beautiful paintings by Titian for his Poesie series for Philip II of Spain.
Where does Caravaggio - the original cultural figure who was mad, bad and dangerous to know - fit into the Baroque?
Bernini is often associated with the magnificence of Baroque Rome - and so he should be. Pope Urban VIII is said to have told him "You are made for Rome and Rome is made for you".
Rome wasn't built in a day, so the saying goes. The classical sits beside the modern, the Renaissance holds hands with the ancients; and who better to explore from the Renaissance than Michelangelo.
I used to think art was just pretty pictures – particularly when you see portraits of glamorous women in country houses. My personal favourite when I was younger was a beautiful portrait of a woman in the study of Sudbury Hall who was wearing a pink dress and holding a huge pink feather – mainly…