John 14:6: The Way, The Truth, The Life

Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No-one comes to the Father except through me.‘ John 14:6 NIVUK Although they do not know it yet, Jesus is preparing His Disciples for His departure, saying goodbye if you will, but with a promise of His return and a place where HeContinue reading “John 14:6: The Way, The Truth, The Life”

Constable’s The Hay Wain (1821): Painting Change

Decades before the Impressionists, Constable was laying the foundations for a transformation of landscape painting, from which they benefited directly. One painting, Noon which was eventually to be known as The Hay Wain, depicts an exceptionally beautiful part of England and so it cannot really be a surprise that some see a “chocolate box” sentimentalityContinue reading “Constable’s The Hay Wain (1821): Painting Change”

John 12:13: Jesus comes to Jerusalem as King

They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, ‘Hosanna!’ ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!’ ‘Blessed is the king of Israel!’ John 12:13 NIVUK This is the moment, marked by Christians as Palm Sunday, when Jesus arrives in Jerusalem, to much adulation. We of course love OurContinue reading “John 12:13: Jesus comes to Jerusalem as King”

Masaccio’s Tribute Money (1425): The World Comes Into Focus

It’s like a painting has, for the first time since the ancients, brought the world into focus. I remember thinking this when I first came across Masaccio and his Tribute Money in particular, as a teenage student of Art History. Vasari, a 16th Century art historian, put it much more eloquently than I could, whenContinue reading “Masaccio’s Tribute Money (1425): The World Comes Into Focus”

Ian Murray Cancelled, Dangerous Meghan-Related Froth Continues, FOS case #2

New case. I needn’t repeat the facts about Meghan’s interview with Oprah. What is worthy of note is that the CBS / Oprah visuals used during the interview have been questioned and complaints raised based on real facts, not personal truths. Ian Murray, head of the Society of Editors, was quick to raise a responseContinue reading “Ian Murray Cancelled, Dangerous Meghan-Related Froth Continues, FOS case #2”

Vermeer, View of Delft, 1660-1

It is hard to underestimate how much the Dutch Masters have contributed to the way we see the world today. They had it all: landscapes, seascapes, portraits, still lifes, but all largely eschewing religious or mythological influences. Their methods embraced new technologies (the camera obscura), their subjects were apparently ordinary. Their fascination with depicting theContinue reading “Vermeer, View of Delft, 1660-1”

Mark Godfrey leaves Tate, FOS case #1

So we start this blog on an interesting case. Mark Godfrey, senior curator at the Tate Gallery has decided to leave his post after only three years. Normally such posts are occupied for considerably longer. Dig a little deeper and you find out that Mark’s decision doesn’t appear to be entirely voluntarily made. It turnsContinue reading “Mark Godfrey leaves Tate, FOS case #1”