Baroque · painting · Uncategorized · vanitas

‘Vanitantum et omina vanitas’

‘Vanities of vanities, all is vanity’ Ecclesiastes 1: 2-3 This text was to form the foundation of a new genre of art known as vanitas still-life paintings with a moral context a reminder of humanity’s morality. This genre of painting reached its zenith in the baroque period particularly in the low countries with their strong… Continue reading ‘Vanitantum et omina vanitas’

The Scythians · Uncategorized

“A thrilling journey”

 That was how one national newspaper described The British Museum’s latest block buster exhibition Scythians: warriors of ancient Siberia which runs until the 14th of January.  The exhibition has been given five stars by all the press and I would say richly deserved. The strap line of the exhibition runs “Prepare to meet the Scythians”… Continue reading “A thrilling journey”

Art · children's art · colour · composition · Hundertwasser · Uncategorized

It’s child’s play!

With his colourful paintings of fantastical building it’s not hard to see why the paintings of Austrian born New Zealand artist & architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser are instantly appealing to children. Indeed when ever I have explored his work with my young students they are drawn to the shapes, patterns, colours of his work and are… Continue reading It’s child’s play!