Art Theoria

Welcome to Art Theoria, my art/history/culture blog. Here I will explore the world of Art History through Theoria; that is through contemplating, speculating, and learning.

I hope you will enjoy reading what you find here, and join me on my journey of discovery and enlightenment, of a basic sort.*


*I apologise in advance for my ignorance in any subject post 1900, being a self-confessed Italophile and my blatant bias against anything of other origin.


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Painting of the Month

Still Life, Pink Roses by Samuel Peploe 1926. Oil on canvas Glasgow Museums Resource Centre

Raphael: The Drawings

The Ashmolean, Oxford Until 3rd September 2017 Michelangelo wrote of Raphael in a letter “everything he knew about art he got from me”. Like his predecessor, Raphael was a master draughtsman, able to draw accurately and rapidly, but also with that rare ability of committing his thoughts to paper confidently, translating ideas into lines, defining and…

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Giovanni da Rimini: A 14th-Century Masterpiece Unveiled

National Gallery, London Until 8th October 2017   I dropped into the National Gallery in London last week, keen to see the latest Room 1 exhibition; Giovanni da Rimini: A 14th-Century Masterpiece Unveiled. I love religious art of the 14th century, with its gold backdrops, symbolic colours and mystical depictions of saints and bible stories….

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Masterpiece London, 2017

  29th June – 5th July 2017 Last night I visited Masterpiece London, the annual art and antiques fair, for the first time. Now in its eighth year, the venue in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea brought together 153 of the leading galleries and dealers from London and internationally. Spanning 7,000 years the…

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Cagnacci’s Repentant Magdalene and Rubens & Rembrandt at the National Gallery

I dropped into the National Gallery recently to catch the latest Room 1 display; Cagnacci’s Repentant Magdalene (on until 21st May 2017). I really love these small displays. The selections are always wonderful, spotlighting works that are generally obscure, providing an accessible and inspiring experience. The Repentant Magdalene (1660-61) was painted by the little-known Guido Cagnacci and is widely-regarded…

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Michelangelo & Sebastiano

15th March – 25th June 2017 National Gallery, London When it was announced that the National Gallery was putting on an exhibition to combine the titan Michelangelo with the lesser-known artist Sebastiano del Piombo, I was worried that there would be an imbalance. Although del Piombo is undoubtedly one of the most important painters of the first…

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