Spotlight / Charpentier’s Melancholy

Constance Marie Charpentier, Melancholy, 1801, oil on canvas, 130 x 165cm, Musée de Picardie, Amiens, France. The above shows the best-known painting of nineteenth-century French artist Constance Marie Charpentier. Her work resonates inspiration from the Neo-Classical movement, popular amid French painters of the time. Charpentier was considered one of the finest portrait painters of the …

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Cancellations, Closure, and Covid-19: What’s Next?

As Coronavirus (Covid-19) continues to spread across the globe, galleries and museums worldwide have begun to take precautions and close to the general public in an attempt to limit the spread of the disease. As fear and tensions across nations have increased, so has the advice from governments to self-isolate and limit social activity. A …

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The Climate Crisis: What Can the Art World Do?

The climate crisis is a phrase that has quickly become a widely used term to describe the heightened state of emergency the planet is now faced with. The world is starting to become aware of our implications on the earth, with activists desperately trying to encourage faster action to be taken. But how does the …

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Simonetta Vespucci: Muse or Myth?

Workshop of Sandro Botticelli, Portrait of a Woman, 1475, tempera on wood panel. Anyone who is familiar with the work of famous fifteenth-century Italian artist Sandro Botticelli will have no doubt spotted the similarity of a certain face in his paintings. From the famous Nascite di Venere, or, Birth of Venus, to his numerous variations …

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Exhibition Review / Picasso and Paper

For many artists, paper has long been used to explore ideas and progress their technique. Preliminary sketches are often a foundational step towards a larger piece, and can be mistakenly forgotten in favour of the finished, final product. Picasso and Paper showcases Picasso’s processes that were at the forefront of his enigmatic production and reminds …

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Spotlight / Raphael’s Bindo Altoviti

Raphael, Bindo Altoviti, oil on panel, c.1515, 59.7 x 43.8 cm, National Gallery of Art, Washington Shown here is Raphael's portrait of papal banker and aristocrat Bindo Altoviti. Bindo's connections and friendships with artists including Michelangelo and Giorgio Vasari meant he became a reputable and influential patron of the arts amid the first half of …

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Art News / Art History: Profession or Pastime?

Recent figures released by the UK’s Higher Educations Statistics Agency (HESA) confirm a significant dip in students choosing to study art history at university. Earlier this month, The Art Newspaper cited a 17.5% decline in the last ten years, with the most significant drop in students taking art history at undergraduate level at 28.5%. More …

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