Remembering Saint Mungo

Remembering Saint Mungo

The life of St Mungo [‘the dear one’], patron saint of Glasgow, whose coat of arms [bell, bird, fish, tree] recalls his miraculous deeds, is the stuff of legend. His tomb in the crypt of Glasgow’s eponymous cathedral [he died in 614AD] was a major centre of Christian pilgrimage until Scotland’s Reformation. Son of a […]

Art choices for the summer

Art choices for the summer

Summer 2018 offers a rich array of art shows across UK, with Monet, Nolde, Picasso, Rembrandt, Rodin, Schiele and Spencer star attractions. Two special art experiences beckon in London: the landmark Monet and Architecture at National Gallery [to 29 July] and the Grayson Perry-co-ordinated Summer Exhibition at newly transformed Royal Academy [12 June – 19 […]

The return of a Christmas family favourite

The return of a Christmas family favourite

The Snowman By Peter May Like the Coca Cola advert and Mariah Carey’s infamous Christmas jingle, there are many pop culture institutions that sum up the festive period. The Snowman will surely resonate with most, even if it is simply the original cartoon on which this stage show is based upon. Twenty years have passed since it was first […]

The Art of Hokusai – riding the Great Wave

The Art of Hokusai – riding the Great Wave

Hokusai: beyond the Great Wave British Museum   Rising from the deep like a towering blue and white sea monster, a huge tsunami-style wave threatens to engulf three boats whose sailors struggle to avoid perishing. An image of nature’s awesome force and possible imminent disaster, it is yet balanced by the distant vision of the […]

Renaissance giant and neglected partner

Renaissance giant and neglected partner

The close personal and deeply creative relationship between Renaissance giant Michelangelo of Florence [1475-1564] and the highly talented – but much neglected – Venetian artist Sebastiano del Pombio [1485-1547], is richly explored through 70 paintings, drawing and sculptures at National Gallery’s beautifully presented ‘Michelangelo and Sebastiano’ exhibition. It clearly shows their different styles, respectively their […]

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