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Inspirational medieval stained glass

Last year when I visited the Great Church of the Holy Trinity, Long Melford, I knew it had some of the finest surviving fifteenth-century stained glass in England. Naturally, I made sure I had plenty of time to photograph the … Continue reading

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‘Reproductions’ – a pictorial essay

  This follows on from last week’s post, ‘John Berger – Look again’.

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John Berger – Look again

Earlier this week, on January 2nd 2017, I heard the news that John Berger had died in Paris at the age of 90. There can’t be an art historian anywhere that does not know his work ‘Ways of Seeing’ as, … Continue reading

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Art for Christmas cards anyone?

Years ago I received a charity Christmas card which featured what I took to be ‘The Three Wise Men’. Last month, at the Pinacoteca di Brera in Milan, I saw the very large Gentile and Giovanni Bellini painting, ‘St Mark … Continue reading

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On a truly grand scale

Sometimes a single photograph simply doesn’t convey the sheer scale and drama of a building. Last month I was staying in Milan and took the opportunity to visit the magnificent Italian Gothic cathedral – the Duomo di Milano. It is … Continue reading

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A Wool Church – Holy Trinity, Long Melford, Suffolk

For anyone seriously interested in exquisite fifteenth-century stained glass then Long Melford in Suffolk is well worth a visit. Finished in 1484 the Great Church of the Holy Trinity contains a collection of some of the finest medieval glass in … Continue reading

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An inspirational aquilegia

Long the love of monks scratching away in the scriptorium, the aquilegia, known to medievalists and monks alike as the columbine, has decorated scores of illuminated manuscripts. The various shapes and colours of aquilegias offer plenty of combinations to get … Continue reading

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Painterly tulips, Balthasar van der Ast and May Day

My friends know I enjoy down time in the garden and little garden gifts are much appreciated. I always plant out everything I’m given, but sometimes the colours don’t fit well with a particular planting. This situation at first may … Continue reading

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