Understanding Pop Art | ARTiculations

In the last episode we took a look at colour field painting which many people find frustrating because they’re seemingly lacking in contextless and narrative. So what about something that is on the completely opposite side of the spectrum? Something that is full of cultural reference, explicit ideas and popular imagery? Well apparently on this…

Episode 7 | Baptism | Saint John the Baptist: From Birth to Beheading | National Gallery, London

Jenny, where better to begin this episode, which is thinking about baptism, than Salisbury Cathedral? Particularly Salisbury Cathedral, because it has this stupendous font that was installed recently in 2008. It’s the most stunning visual object. It’s extraordinary, because as you approach the font, the water is so still that it actually looks far more…

Ancient Egyptian Text Says Jesus Was a SHAPESHIFTER

The figure of Jesus Christ is undeniably a spiritual and cultural character of significant importance in human history. And for many of us, it remains a mystery how much of what we are taught about the “Son of God” is true to the original figure that lived over 2,000 years ago. Over the centuries that…

Daniella Ben-Arie: Henry Hope: Patron and Collector

– Daniella Ben-Arie is an independent scholar, writer, and researcher who’s work focuses on London as the center of private patronage and collecting. She was co-curator at the exhibition Thomas Hope regency designer at the V&A in London and many of you probably saw it,at the Bard Graduate Center in New York. In addition, she…

Donatello, Mary Magdalene

(piano music) Man: We’re in the museum of the Duomo in Florence and we’re looking at a Donatello. It’s not marble. It’s not bronze. It’s wood. It looks so frail. It’s a sculpture of Mary Magdalene. Woman: It’s a very difficult sculpture to look at because it’s ugly. Mary Magdalene is shown as a hermit…