A potted history of the Rhine and its art

Dec 18th, 2019 | Dr Nick Gordon

The Rhine is home to an exceptional number of museums, castles, gardens and beautiful architecture, from Charlemagne’s Aachen, through the cathedrals of Strasbourg and Cologne, to modern masterpieces, themselves often filled with…well… more masterpieces. The density of cultural heritage along the Rhine is the result of a fascinating history that...

Arts and Crafts in Morocco, through the ages

Dec 6th, 2019 | Sue Rollin

A highlight of any trip to Morocco is its rich and diverse heritage, underpinned by vibrant cultural traditions, a fascinating religious history, and unique gastronomy. In this article, archaeologist and historian Sue Rollin explores three aspects of Morocco’s arts and crafts, from ancient bronze sculptures, to colourful zillij mosaic tiles...

The year Picasso became Picasso, 1901

Nov 8th, 2019 | Dr Michael Adcock

Picasso’s celebrated Blue Period (starting in the second half of 1901) commands such public attention that it is easy to overlook the truly seminal half year that preceded it, in which Picasso, energised by the prospect of a first exhibition in Paris, worked with determination to create a corpus of...

The Italian Villa: from ancient Rome to the modern era

Oct 11th, 2019 | Dr Kathleen Olive

Over the last ten years I’ve met more and more people making a ‘tree change’, swapping the stress of the concrete jungle for the tranquillity of the country. They plan a garden to please the eye and stock the table, and a comfortable house with space for pursuits they’ve neglected...

Art and the Russian Revolution

Sep 13th, 2019 | Dr Michael Adcock

The first-time traveller to Russia may well set out enthralled to see the rich harvest of European Old Master paintings in the Hermitage Museum, as well as the wondrous collection of European modern art now housed in its vast extension. The same traveller, however, might well return having been ‘converted’...

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