Archive for November, 2012

Famous Art Heists: Photos

Posted: November 29, 2012 in Uncategorized

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Arion was a famous musician, and dwelt at the court of Periander, king of Corinth, with whom he was a great favourite. There was to be a musical co… Read story


A couple of books already out in the UK will be out later this month in the US:

Tarnya Coopers Citizen Portrait: Portrait Painting and the Urban Elite of Tudor and Jacobean England and Wales is due out on November 27th, although according to the page it is already in stock. Previous entry here.

And The Watchers: A Secret History of the Reign of Elizabeth I by Stephen Alford is due out on November 13 in the US. Previous entry here.

Also out this month –

The Tudors on Film and Television by Sue Parrill and William B. Robison is due November 3rd in the US (although I’m not 100% on that date) and December 31st in the UK. You can learn more about the book at their website.


Just a reminder that the Shakespeare: Staging the World exhibition at the British Museum closes November 25th, so if you were planning to see it, don’t wait. I’ve heard some great things about it!

And finally, The Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace will be hosting the exhibit The Northern Renaissance: Dürer to Holbein that was previously on display at The Palace of Holyrooodhouse. It opens November 2, 2012 and runs through April 14, 2013. The website has a nice gallery of the exhibited items, although I know it is not a substitute for seeing them in person!

Mozart’s Last Composition

Posted: November 28, 2012 in Uncategorized

  Mozart, the celebrated composer, was extremely apprehensive of death, and at all times he laboured under profound melancholy. The circumstan… Read story

then and now…

Posted: November 27, 2012 in Uncategorized

by Art Chantry:

the black panther logo. designed by emory douglas (with input from bobby seale). an american classic. an icon.


…don’t forget the ‘white panthers’ (john sinclair’s organization around the MC5). they simply used the thing in white against black. and the young lion’s conspiracy borrowed the image, too. and don’t forget a bazillion tattoo parlors. in fact, this image is probably one of the most lifted images in american subculture (next to the peace symbol (the logo for the british ‘ban the bomb’ movement – designer escapes my mind at the moment) and the happy face (by harvey ball). i don’t think the panthers were savvy enough to copyright the image. also, i don’t think they originally philosophically believed in such things. but times change and now it’s too late. i saw bobby seale talk a year or two back and i asked him about the logo. he began to bristle when he talked about it – both with pride and with anger. but, what can you do?

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Antony the Roman was trying to impress Cleopatra, queen of Egypt with his angling skills (taken from “Historical sketches of the angling litera… Read story

Cryptic: St Martin-in-the-Fields

Posted: November 23, 2012 in Uncategorized

You can’t beat a good crypt, I say, so yesterday I did something I’ve been meaning to do for ages and popped down St Martin-in-the-Fields‘s enormous cellar. I understand for many years it was a night refuge-cum-soup-kitchen for the homeless; HV Morton wrote a moving article about his visit in the dead of night during the inter-war years. Today most of the space is a trendy cafe and large shop: it is overtly very commercial. But James Gibbs’s building is lovely, no doubt expensive to maintain and perhaps one shouldn’t begrudge them their opportunity to catch so much tourist krill.

But what makes the diversion most worthwhile is to see the collection of old monuments stored there, mostly set into the wall. I’m guessing they are from a pre-Trafalgar Square burial ground nearby or from an earlier incarnation of the church. Or both. The inscriptions would suggest so. I love reading English from the days before Spelling. Look out for the the expensive masonry memorial of a woman who died at 70 and was once the servant of a Royalist General from the Battle of Edge Hill. Most egalitarian!

There is also a rather crude but enjoyable stone (marble?) statue of Henry Croft, “the Original Pearly King”. He was acknowledged with an entry in the Dictionary of National Biography earlier this year.

St Martin in the Fields

St Martin in the Fields

St Martin in the Fields

St Martin in the Fields

St Martin in the Fields

St Martin in the Fields

St Martin in the Fields

St Martin in the Fields

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