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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

A Short, Pleasant History of Royal Baby Portraits
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A Short, Pleasant History of Royal Baby Portraits

Now I’ll miss the weekly slideshows and double-page layouts of the Duchess of Cambridge in maternity wear as much as the next person. But don’t worry, now that the long-awaited Royal Baby is here we’ll still have plenty to look at – after all, the royal baby portraits are coming. Even in the earlier parts … Continue reading

Art and Science 4 – Celestial Bodies: Astrological Medicine in a Folding Almanac
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Art and Science 4 – Celestial Bodies: Astrological Medicine in a Folding Almanac

Guest post by Adrienne Albright Syringes and scalpels aren’t pretty. Yes, you could argue that contemporary art and pop culture have made them subversive and symbolic, but I doubt you would hang one on your wall. However, pretty much everyone would agree that they are invaluable, albeit disposable, medical instruments. I think the 15th century … Continue reading

We Love Leonardo: Da Vinci’s Demons and How We Got There
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We Love Leonardo: Da Vinci’s Demons and How We Got There

Da Vinci’s Demons, which just finished its first season on Starz, already shows its age. “History is a lie,” a mystic man from the East coughs from the murky haze of a hot-boxed temple in Episode 1. But whatever fictions our descendants come up with about us, I doubt they’ll fail to place Demons as … Continue reading