Saint Jerome In His Study – First Day of Christmas

“On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me: a partridge in a pear tree!” Well, here’s a partridge in a fifteenth-century painting. Merry Christmas!

Fanakapan and Claesz: (Street) Art in London

Another comparison between two seemingly polar opposite worlds! Fanakapan and his hyper realistic balloons to be compared to… *drum roll please*…
Pieter Claesz!
No, don’t know him? Well, all that’s about to change. He was part of the still life wave which took off in the Dutch Republic in the seventeenth century.

Death at the National Gallery

I know it sounds morbid, but it’s still sort of Halloween, right? And over the centuries humanity’s obsession with death and what happens after we shuffle off this mortal coil has had a continuous and exciting influence on art.
Here are just a few examples…