Ludlow Castle in Shropshire – My Painting of the Month for March

Traditional landscape paintings have been missing from my blog posts for a while so I thought I might correct this by highlighting this delightful study of Ludlow Castle by Samuel Scott from around 1750. Scott (1702-1772) was a British landscape artist based in London. He is most well known for his waterscapes of the sea…

More on the pigments in Bacchus and Ariadne by Titian 

Titian, the great Venetian Renaissance painter, is most renowned for his handing of colour. I touched on this on my recent post on Bacchus and Ariadne. Colour became so important for the Venetian artists due to the cities position as a centre for trade from the East. But Titian does not just use colour to…

Bacchus and Ariadne is my Painting of the Month for February 

February is the month of snowdrops and early daffodils. While spring is not yet here the days are getting longer and the sun brighter, preparing us for the end of winter. So a painting celebrating brighter days seemed appropriate to me. It is also a long time since I have visited London. Last week I…

More on Grayson Perry and The Vanity of Small Differences

Writing about The Vanity of Small Differences, Grayson Perry’s charming and challenging tapestries, reminds me how connected art should be. It brings together themes on social mobility referred to as far back as the eighteenth century. It nods to the great Italian Renaissance frescoes of Masaccio. And on tour and on television the series brings…