Monthly Archives: October 2011

Andrea Mantegna 2

Looking at Mantegna’s pietistic portrait of Madonna and child in my last post I’m struck by how an artist who was reputedly one of the most irascible artists that Italy produced could paint this kind of perfected calm. Lawrence Gowing … Continue reading

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Andrea Mantegna

Andrea Mantegna, Madonna with Sleeping Child (c. 1465-70) I just wanted to take a look at this stunning Mantegna. All one need do is to look momentarily at this Mantegna to see that its power resides in the fact that … Continue reading

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Allen Ginsberg on OWS

Moloch–Part 2 of Howl

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Chuck Prophet

Rousseau’s Hungry Lion Attacking an Antelope brought to mind the lyric from Chuck Prophet’s Let Freedom Ring and the chorus …”as The Hawk cripples the Dove.” “Let Freedom Ring” and other songs by Prophet to my mind rank with Dylan’s … Continue reading

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Henri Rousseau and the Wild Beasts

Henri Rousseau, The Hungry Lion Throws Itself on the Antelope Rousseau’s main, and pretty much only, source of exposure for his work was the annual Salon des Independants from the years 1886 to 1910. But from 1905 to 1907 he … Continue reading

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Ed Burra at Pallant House

Review of the Edward Burra show now on view at Pallant House Gallery, Chichester (wherever that is) http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2011/oct/23/edward-burra-pallant-house-review It’s good to see that my complaints about the lack of recognition of the great Edward Burra voiced in the post below … Continue reading

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Old Mad Men

Theodore Gericault, The Madman, 1822 Why Should Not Old Men Be Mad by William Butler Yeats Why should not old men be mad? Some have known a likely lad That had a sound fly-fisher’s wrist Turn to a drunken journalist; … Continue reading

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