Youth and Beauty: Review of the Courtauld’s “Young Dürer”
Drawing / Exhibition Reviews / German / Look Back: Art History / Printmaking

Youth and Beauty: Review of the Courtauld’s “Young Dürer”

Complex, intelligent and absorbing like the works he produced, Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528) has proved a fascinating figure for people since his rapid rise to fame in the late 1490’s. However, particularly in his early career, the artist was still prone to mistakes. And in The Young Dürer: Drawing the Figure, the Courtauld Gallery, while showing … Continue reading

Art and Science 6: Halley’s Comet through Time and Space
Illustration / Italian / Look Back: Art History / Other / Painting

Art and Science 6: Halley’s Comet through Time and Space

Giotto di Bondone (b. 1266/7), a Florentine painter, died in 1337. 648 years later, he went to Heaven. During his career, Giotto painted a number of chapel frescos and religious paintings. His ascension, however, was only sort of related to his Christian art. It all comes down to this painting. It’s part of a large … Continue reading

Larger than Life: Michael Landy’s “Saint’s Alive”
British / Exhibition Reviews / Look Back: Art History / Sculpture

Larger than Life: Michael Landy’s “Saint’s Alive”

If the title of Michael Landy’s solo exhibition, Saints Alive, stirs up gentle images of heavenly hosts appearing as a blurry-lensed vision, think again. Landy’s saints are alive with a painful, gritty intensity that brings their legends and their suffering into sharp focus. Landy is the National Gallery’s current Rootstein Hopkins Associate Artist, and his … Continue reading

Grotesque: Aubrey Beardsley and His Illustration
Drawing / Illustration / Look Back: Art History

Grotesque: Aubrey Beardsley and His Illustration

Notwithstanding the literary brilliance of Before the Art, I’m not sure if I’d want to be remembered through my creations. At least, the creations I’ve made so far, which are not that many, and tend to be along the lines of pinecone bird feeders, halfhearted sketches of dreary landscapes and the occasional cootie catcher. But … Continue reading