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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Artist in Focus / Mary Delany

I recently came across an article written in celebration of last year’s Women’s History Month. Don’t get me wrong, the fact that the entire month of March is dedicated to the history of remarkable women is a very good thing, but it somehow feels like a backhanded compliment. "Fear not women everywhere, you get one …

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