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What can Art History do for you?

Art Historians are often asked: what is the use or relevance of studying Art History? Why does it matter? All those works of art and images! All those foreign-sounding names and terms! All that reading! Art History can seem unusually daunting but it’s really all about asking what you see, how you interpret it and equipping you with the skills you need to confidently analyse, critique and write about art.

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Precious Possessions

Our relationship with our possessions, the objects we cherish and express our identities through, is an intriguing and often poignant one. In spite of our throwaway culture, certain objects are irreplaceable.

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Greek Art: Scouting for beauty in marble and plaster

To many, it can seem as if different eyes are required to study Greek sculptures, so if you are going to admire the Greek body beautiful it helps to know a bit about the language of Ancient Greek art. For those short on time, my top tip would be to remember five key words – balance, rhythm, proportion, harmony and symmetry.

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The Body Beautiful

Women’s social identity has long been conditioned by their culture’s perception of their bodies. The criteria, obsessions and preoccupations according to which women construct their appearance, vary over time, but as a trio of current exhibitions show, assumptions about beauty, body image, and fashion can be explored and challenged in surprising ways.

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Plant portraiture comes of age

Botanical art may not be at the epicentre of contemporary ‘cool’ just yet, but it seems that after almost a century on the wane, ‘plant portraitists’ are now proving with characteristically elegant understatement, that portraying something natural does not mean you cannot be accepted as modern.

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An Interview with Beverley-Jane Stewart

Julia Biggs in conversation with Artist Beverley-Jane Stewart

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Still & Moving Beauty

Are images incomplete unless they are moving ones?  The power of a single image, freezing a moment in time, has arguably become less important with the widespread use of film and video.  While the static image continues to wield power for most of us, it is the image in motion that completely captures our attention.  […]

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Time is an illusion

…or so Einstein said…

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Drawing: The moment of apprehension and response

Italian Drawings: Highlights from the Collection (Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge) The current exhibition at the Fitzwilliam celebrates the very best of the Museum’s collection of Italian Drawings – most of which have never been displayed together until now. Working on the premise that most drawings appeal because of the immediacy of the artist’s expression and the […]

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A fresh look at the Renaissance…

Art historians, painters and photographers alike should take a peek at the Swiss/Italian photographer Christian Tagliavini’s visionary Renaissance series ‘1503’. Inspired by a desire to fuse the work of the painters Agnolo di Cosimo (Il Bronzino) and Modigliani, the project utilises richly exquisite die-cut costumes to dramatic and mesmerising effect. Christian says about his work, […]

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