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Be prepared to discover the unexpected. Love Art History is specially designed for all art lovers. Love Art History creates private art history tours for individuals and small groups. One of the pleasures of a visit to the gallery or museum is discovering the unexpected, or seeing a familiar work of art in a completely new light. We also keep up to date with current exhibitions , openings and events in London. For more information and rates please call 07470008578 . You can also send an email to [email protected] or [email protected]

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Sir John Soane's Museum
13/11/2020

Sir John Soane's Museum

King Edward III (d. 1377) was born #onthisday in 1312. A plaster copy of the head of his stunning bronze funerary effigy, which covers his tomb in Westminster Abbey, is on display in the Monk’s Parlour.

Colnaghi
06/11/2020

Colnaghi

🐍Salvador Dali ‘Transformation' (Femme au miroir), 1974. The #mirror in this tantalising and sensual painting is a strange, surreal one; it not only reflects the world, but also transforms it, interacting with the viewer. Part of our group exhibition ‘Dreamsongs: From Medicine to Demons to Artificial Intelligence’ curated by @sternarts. Although #ColnaghiLondon is temporarily closed until December 3rd, you can find a #virtualtour around this mesmerising show through the link in bio. See stories to visit the ‘Dreamongs’ online viewing room too.✨ #Colnaghi1760

British Museum
05/11/2020

British Museum

‘Remember, remember the fifth of November, the Gunpowder Treason and Plot. I know of no reason why the Gunpowder Treason should ever be forgot.’

It’s #BonfireNight in the UK, which remembers the foiling of the Gunpowder Plot – a plan to assassinate King James (VI of Scotland, I of England) by blowing up the House of Lords with gunpowder.

Guy Fawkes, one of the plotters, was arrested while guarding explosives underneath the House of Lords #OnThisDay in 1605.

🃏 These late-17th-century playing cards illustrate how the plot and its discovery unfolded. See the full set on our Collection online: http://ow.ly/WmtO30rg5QB

Try making your own #BonfireNight set of cards by printing out the suits from the high-resolution photos on our Collection online – sure to make for an explosive game of snap!

🔎 Playing-cards depicting the events of the Gunpowder Plot. Etching, 1679.

The fine line between art and pornography
05/11/2020
The fine line between art and pornography

The fine line between art and pornography

For more than 100 years, activists have drawn attention to the depiction of female nudes in art. Is it time to look at them with fresh eyes, asks Lizzie Enfield.

Sir John Soane's Museum
03/11/2020

Sir John Soane's Museum

The Museum is planning to temporarily close from Thursday 5 November, due to the recent government announcement. You can still visit the Museum virtually by accessing our programme of digital resources - https://www.soane.org/explore-soane-online

British Museum
31/10/2020

British Museum

🎃 Happy Halloween 🎃

This spooky scene shows a witches’ Sabbath in the woods, with potions, smoke, instruments of divination and an unholy offering. Look carefully and you’ll see that overhead a witch is riding a goat backwards 🔮

In the late 15th and early 16th centuries, German audiences were captivated by the bestselling book ‘Malleus maleficarum’ (The Witches’ Hammer), first published in 1487. It contained vivid descriptions of witches’ rituals and powers, and advocated for their extermination – this colour woodcut seized on the popular subject.

The artist, Hans Baldung, created several representations of witches like this one, which explore sinister connections between women, sexuality and death ☠

Find more Halloween-themed stories from the Prints and Drawings collection in our curators’ blog: http://ow.ly/AXXk30rfjy1

🔎 Hans Baldung (called ‘Grien’, 1484/5–1545) ‘Witches’ Sabbath’. Colour woodcut printed from two blocks, 1510. Read more: http://ow.ly/d4xF30rfjHL

Colnaghi
30/10/2020

Colnaghi

📖 William Blake, Illustrations to “The Book of Job”, 1825, on view in ‘Dreamsongs’ at #ColnaghiLondon and for #TEFAFOnline from 1-4 November. Within the Job engravings, Blake followed the the story of Job in the Bible, whilst incorporating into his dreams motifs of a highly personal interpretation. The resulting images are some of the most inspired engraved works ever created. Find this and much more in our presentation of cross category art from across the ages for @tefaf Online New York. See link in bio to register now! ✨ #Colnaghi1760 #TEFAF2020 #halloween

Fascinating portraits
27/10/2020

Fascinating portraits

‘Mummy portraits’ like this became fashionable in the late first century BC in Roman Egypt.

After the Battle of Actium in 31 BC, Egypt became part of the Roman Empire and realistic paintings of people’s faces on wooden panels – 'mummy portraits' like this example – became the new trend for burials.

The painted panels were secured in linen wrappings or in a cartonnage (layers of linen mixed with plaster) and placed over the face of the underlying mummy, before being buried in a sealed tomb.

In our latest blog, scientist Caroline Cartwright investigates how these fascinating objects were made, and finds out what they can tell us about the people they portray: http://ow.ly/uypk30rh828

🔎 Lime wood portrait of a woman. Roman Period Egypt, AD 160–170.

16/10/2020
BBC Arts

BBC Arts

This was the first time a woman was presented as saying “NO” in a painting.

Letizia Treves & Katy Hessel celebrate painter Artemisia Gentileschi in this special access tour of the National Gallery and tell a bloody tale of tragedy and triumph with a twist. #MuseumPassion

Magic Realism and Beyond
07/10/2020
Magic Realism and Beyond

Magic Realism and Beyond

L eading Sotheby’s inaugural October Impressionist & Modern Art Sale is the group Magic Realism and Beyond: Property from a Distinguished Private Collection. Sotheby’s is delighted to present this striking and thought-provoking collection which encapsulates the dynamic artistic creativity in Ger...

Marina Abramović: ‘I’m an artist, not a satanist!’
07/10/2020
Marina Abramović: ‘I’m an artist, not a satanist!’

Marina Abramović: ‘I’m an artist, not a satanist!’

The world’s most famous performance artist has spent almost 50 years facing down ridicule, death threats and conspiracy theories. Will the pandemic finally defeat her?

Colnaghi
05/10/2020

Colnaghi

📸 Enter our dreamworld next Tuesday 6th October, when ‘Dreamsongs: from Medicine to Demons to Artificial Intelligence’ opens at #ColnaghiLondon. Curated by @sternarts, this group exhibition examines the way #dreams have been depicted from #Antiquity to the present day in cross category #art. More than one hundred paintings, drawings, sculptures and multi-media works will be on view by artists such as Henry Fuseli, #Goya, Andy Warhol, Albrecht Dürer, Salvador Dali and more. Open until 23 November, and for #FriezeViewingRoom from 7 - 16 October, make a booking to visit through the link in bio. 📸 Johann Heinrich Fuseli, R.A., ‘‘St. John’s Vision of the Seven Candlesticks’, 1796. #Colnaghi1760 @friezeartfair

Sir John Soane's Museum
05/10/2020

Sir John Soane's Museum

Today is #WorldArchitectureDay. The #SoaneMuseum was created by Sir John Soane as a museum for the history of architecture, with works spanning from the ancient world to then contemporary works. We've just reopened - book a timed ticket today at https://www.soane.org/tickets

Tate
04/10/2020

Tate

The weekend summed up by Paula Rego's 'Flood'. 🌧️
Coming to Tate Britain in 2021 in the largest ever exhibition of Rego's work. https://bit.ly/33ryseM

National Gallery
04/10/2020

National Gallery

Rembrandt died #OnThisDay in 1669. He painted more self portraits than any other 17th century artist. This particular painting is one of three self portraits he made just before his death in 1669. He painted them for different reasons – to practise different expressions, to experiment with lighting effects, and also to sell to wealthy patrons and collectors. In this one, Rembrandt is preoccupied with depicting the textures and colours of his own ageing face. The sagging fold beneath his right eye is made with the swirl of a heavily loaded brush. The blemishes on his forehead are formed of blotches of coagulated paint. Get up close with Rembrandt in Room 22 on Route B: https://bit.ly/3541boR

Sir John Soane's Museum
24/09/2020

Sir John Soane's Museum

The Soane reopens in a week! We're really looking forward to welcoming visitors back to the Museum. Book your timeslot online at www.soane.org/tickets

Gagosian
23/09/2020

Gagosian

#MaryWeatherford: "Train Yards," an exhibition of recent works by Mary Weatherford, is on view at Gagosian, Grosvenor Hill, London.

Weatherford began using neon in 2012, inspired by the illuminated signs that lined the streets of Bakersfield, California, where she was then working as a visiting artist and educator. Casting an intense industrial light onto the modulated fields of color beneath them, the tubes (which sometimes extend beyond the edges of the painting) read as hand-drawn lines, their trailing power cords adding a further graphic and dimensional aspect: http://on.gagosian.com/ktj1UHU

In a piece for "Gagosian Quarterly," Weatherford speaks to Laura Hoptman about her new paintings presented in this exhibition. Begun in 2016, the “Train Yard” series evokes the sights and sounds of railroads and night skies: http://on.gagosian.com/0n1KhUf
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Mary Weatherford, "No. 4000,” 2017–18 © Mary Weatherford. Photo: Fredrik Nilsen Studio

Tate
20/09/2020

Tate

📘 Sunday is for surrounding yourself with the things you love.

🍄 Paulina Olowska, The Alchemist, 2015. 🍄 https://bit.ly/2H3b7HC

Colnaghi
16/09/2020

Colnaghi

✨We are proud to announce ‘Dreamsongs: from Medicine to Demons to Artificial Intelligence’, a group exhibition open at #ColnaghiLondon from 6 October - 23 November, and #FriezeViewingRoom from 7 - 16 October 2020. Curated by @sternarts, this presentation will examine how #dreams have been depicted in art from Antiquity to the present day. Discover more than one hundred paintings, drawings, sculptures and multi-media works by artists, including Jan van Wechelen, Salvador Dali, Henry Fuseli, Andy Warhol, Albrecht Durer, Max Ernst and more. Book a safe visit in advance through the link in bio. 📸 Albrecht Dürer’s ‘The Dream of the Doctor’ (The Temptation of the Idler), original engraving printed in black ink on laid paper. #Colnaghi1760 @friezeartfair

Almine Rech
13/09/2020

Almine Rech

This new exhibition by #AllenJones at Almine Rech London largely concentrates on new works including paintings hitherto not shown before, including empty yet beautifully lit theatre interiors - a subject remarkably resonant in our current peculiar times.

Allen Jones is part of an extraordinary generation of artists from North America and across Western Europe born in the 1930s who, children during the horrors of World War II, were art students in the shift from the austerity of the recovering fifties into a decade of the prosperous swinging sixties with its celebration of a newfound sense of consumerism and sexual liberation. There had not been a comparable decade in Europe since the twenties. In the world of painting, artists who typified this generation included, in the States, James Rosenquist and Tom Wesselmann, Martial Raysse in France, Michelangelo Pistoletto in Italy, and Konrad Klapheck in Western Germany. In Britain amongst the most prominent figures of his particular generation was Allen Jones. And like many others went on to have distinguished and inventive careers over several decades until the present.
- Norman Rosenthal @rosenthal.norman

#AlmineRech #AlmineRechGallery #AlmineRechLondon #London

#AllenJones
07/09/2020

#AllenJones

National Gallery
05/09/2020

National Gallery

Caspar David Friedrich was born #OnThisDay in 1774. 'Winter Landscape' was the first painting by Friedrich, one of the principal figures of German Romantic art, to enter a British public collection when it was purchased by the Gallery in 1987. A man, having cast aside his crutches, lies against a large boulder in a snowy landscape as he prays in front of a shining crucifix protected by three fir trees – a trinity that recalls the Christian Trinity of God the Father, Christ and the Holy Ghost. The silhouette of a German Gothic cathedral or church looms in the mist, its facade and spires echoing the shapes of the trees. You can see this painting in Room 45, on Routes B and C: https://bit.ly/32u98mS

Colnaghi
01/09/2020

Colnaghi

✨Carlo Dolci, ‘Mater Dolorosa’, c. 1653. This beautifully executed portrayal of the Virgin in prayer is a significant addition to the known versions by Dolci of the subject. In this work, the incisive simplicity of representation enhances the sincere devotional power of the image. The #madonna is wrapped in a luxurious #ultramarine cloak, the focus on her face superbly enhanced by a subtle golden light depicted around her head. Red accents on sleeves and lips provide a subtle counterpoint to the intense blue of her cloak. Currently on view in our London gallery, visit us or get in touch for more information. #Colnaghi1760 #CarloDolci

Tate
27/08/2020

Tate

The Rothko room is returning to Tate Britain! 🏛️ Mark Rothko’s Seagram murals have been reunited with the world’s largest collection of J.M.W. Turner paintings. Intended as paintings of contemplation, these nine abstract works were donated to Tate by Rothko himself due to his deep affection for British art, especially Turner.

Book your free visit from 1 September: https://bit.ly/2ErZPMc

The most terrifying images in history?
25/08/2020
The most terrifying images in history?

The most terrifying images in history?

Paintings of the past depicted horror, dread and foreboding. But can art still frighten us into a new consciousness, asks Kelly Grovier.

Aesthetica Magazine
23/08/2020

Aesthetica Magazine

#AestheticaArchives: Nocturnal Photography

Discover visual artists capturing the world at night. From neon-bathed cities to remote woodlands, these images are filled with mystery: https://bit.ly/2QeflNX

20/08/2020
The Courtauld

The Courtauld

‘In Detail’ is our series of weekly short films presented by our academics and curators that reveal the hidden details in some of the most iconic works in The Courtauld Collection.
In Episode 8, Ernst Vegelin Van Claerbergen (Head of The Courtauld Gallery) will revisit Bruegel’s ‘Landscape with the Flight into Egypt’, directing our attention to the tiny detail of the falling pagan idol.

This dramatic image tells the story of the Holy Family fleeing persecution in Bethlehem transposed to an imaginary Northern European landscape, above a river valley bordered by craggy peaks.

Ernst will look closely at the importance of this dramatic setting to enhance the narrative and the religious resonance carried through the detail of the idol tumbling into the shrine.

Sir John Soane's Museum
20/08/2020

Sir John Soane's Museum

This #ThrowbackThursday we're looking forward - to when visitors can once again enjoy the #SoaneMuseum on 1 October. You'll be able to book free timed tickets for your visit from 1 September #LoveCultureWeek

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