Blog 67 25/04/2017 Artemisia Gentileschi: Libertine and Painter of the Italian Baroque.

Artemisia Gentileschi:  Libertine and Painter of the Italian Baroque. In 1916 the Italian art critic, Roberto Longhi, described Artemisia Gentileschi as “the only woman in Italy who ever knew about painting, colouring, drawing, and other fundamentals” and an ealier 19th century critic commented on Artemisia’s Magdalene stating, “no one would have imagined that it was […]

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Blog 63 10/03/2018 Perfect Figures: The Life-like Mannequin

Perfect Figures: The Life-like Mannequin The evolution of the mannequin probably dates back to the 15th c when they were used by milliners to show their customers how head-dresses and hats looked. At first they were made of wood but during the 18th c full-size wickerwork versions came into use. The 19th c saw the […]

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Blog 62 18/12/2017 Ancient Greece: The Golden Age of the Banquet.

Ancient Greece: The Golden Age of the Banquet. As it’s that time of year when we splash out on food and entertaining, usually to later regret our excesses, I thought I would look at feasting in ancient Greece and the golden age of the banquet which had its beginnings in the 5th c B.C. After […]

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