In episode 5 of the BBC series Civilisations, Simon Schama FBA magisterially discusses one of the most celebrated paintings in all of Mughal art, Jahangir preferring a Sufi Shaikh to Kings by Bichitr. Dr Ursula Weekes dives into more detail about this intricate Mughal artwork.
All about Concrete: from the Pantheon to the Present, is the second in the BSR’s series of interdisciplinary research study days in the UK on the historicity of materials and the work of the BSR.
There is a paradox in materialising the divine. At best, representations pander to our natural desires to ‘see’ at a reduced, or even base level. Why should God look anything like us, allowing for a few extra arms and legs? Does God look like Jesus or vice versa? Professor Martin Kemp FBA discusses the 'idolatry question'.
The beautiful Palladian villa of Daniele Barbaro in the Veneto epitomises a phenomenon which developed thanks to the exquisite work of exceptionally talented artists and the extraordinary substances of exceedingly wealthy patrons. But how did this representation of a perfect world take shape, and who were its protagonists?
Giovanni Bellini and Titian were key artists in Renaissance Venice. But was this master and pupil as similar or compatible as you'd think? Dr Tom Nichols explores the contrast between Bellini and Titian's Venetian Renaissance paintings.