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Matteo Civitali and Charles Callahan Perkins

Today’s chapter concerns sculptor #MatteoCivitali (1436–1502) and etcher Charles Callahan Perkins.  Civitali was a sculptor, architect, painter and engineer from Lucca.  He was born in Lucca, Italy and much of his work can be seen there.  He studied in Florence … Continue reading

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Sir Frank Short Engraver

Art is made up of many different fields – oils, watercolour, graphite, pastel, etching, mezzotint, etc – that at any one time one aspect will be in the fore while another has receded.  Certainly, #SirFrankShort, revived the field of mezzotint … Continue reading

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William Blake revisited

#WilliamBlake illustrated Dante’s Divine Comedy around 1823.  John Linnell (Blake’s patron and great supporter) and Samuel Palmer (a follower and student of Blake) record visiting Blake as he convalesced from a scalding accident in October of 1824.  At that time Blake … Continue reading

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Venetian Art

Venice is one of those cities that sits high on the must see list of most people.  It has romance, intrigue, history, gondolas and the amazing carnival.  A favourite of many an artist also. When I saw this painting I … Continue reading

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Geneva Bible

A couple of chapters back, I talked about a ‘Book of Common Prayer’  which I found in the book recycle bin at my local tip.  In a way this chapter is a follow on from that.  I purchased a Bible … Continue reading

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Art Recycled

For my work, I try to re-cycle and re-use as many materials I can.  If I cannot, I give materials to my local recycling centre and they sell them on for quite reasonable prices.  I have also bought a number … Continue reading

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War Remembered through Art

With Remembrance Day having just gone by, I thought I might look at a few items I have collected with a connection to war.  I could talk about and use images from The Graphic Illustrated Newspaper (September to December 1870 – … Continue reading

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Art Inspired

One does not now what truly inspires an artist to memorialise a scene but we, the viewers, should be moved or enticed into joining with the artist in seeing his motivation.  Being individuals we will each see from our own perspective and thus find … Continue reading

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