Arthur Streeton: The Master of Light

Dec 10th, 2020 | Dr Michael Adcock

The Art Gallery of New South Wales’ latest blockbuster exhibition, Streeton, very correctly describes him as “The impressionist who captured Australia’s light, land and sea.” The rubric is most apposite, for the core of his work is indeed to capture the essence of our landscape saturated with bright light. However,...

The 1%: African American artists in US institutions

Oct 2nd, 2020 | Dr Nick Gordon

In 2018 Amy Sherald’s Portrait of Michelle Obama and Kehinde Wiley’s Portrait of Barack Obama were unveiled at The National Portrait Gallery. The museum contains 23,000 works in its collections, from the official portraits of presidents to the great men and women of the arts, sciences and public life in...

A visit to Lenin’s Mausoleum in Red Square

Aug 21st, 2020 | Dr Michael Adcock

Moscow held one more treat for me. Paula had very strategically and considerately pointed out that there was a last small window of opportunity in which to sprint over to Red Square to visit Lenin’s tomb in the first hour of opening, just before our bus was due to depart...

Hagia Sophia: Theocracy in the Age of (Post-)Secularisation

Jul 24th, 2020 | Dr Matthew Dal Santo

Yesterday at dawn, July 24 2020, Muslim prayers resounded in Istanbul’s famous Hagia Sophia for the first time since the great domed building’s secularisation on the orders of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, “founding father” of modern Turkey, in 1935. Its eighty-five years as a museum will be over. Outside Turkey, the...

Death in Venice: How has La Serenissima managed infectious diseases through the ages?

Jul 9th, 2020 | Robert Veel

With the unfolding of the COVID-19 pandemic, increased attention has been paid to plagues of the past. Journalists knowingly remind us that the term ‘quarantine’ derives from the Venetian word quarantena, a period of forty (quaranta) days of enforced isolation, and critics claim that not much has changed in terms...

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