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Sandro Botticelli's The Wedding Feast, 1483 : A guest post by Clare Gibson

27 March 2014

I'm very grateful to Clare Gibson for the following post, which she gave me a shockingly long time ago.  I'm very happy to be able to post it now:A Feast for the EyesSome time...

The Identification of Jean de Dinteville in Holbein’s ‘The Ambassadors’, in 1890 – 1895

30 January 2012

In the age of Twitter and Wikipedia, it's easy to forget that debates on artistic matters were often carried out via correspondence, or potentially in broadsheet newspapers such as...

The Function of Alchemical Imagery in the poetry of John Donne

6 January 2012

Where the twenty-first century reader might think of alchemy as the process of transforming one metal state to another for profit, to the late medieval or early modern scholar it had...

The impact of ‘hieroglyphics’ on the allegorical art of Renaissance Italy

6 January 2012

The Renaissance Humanists quest for the recovery of ancient ‘truths’ and for a greater understanding of God didn’t only find definition through the Renaissance reclamation of...