ARTEMISIA GENTILESCHI at the National Gallery

Mark my words, it’s going to make us all so much fussier about the shows we turn out to see, this new normal. You really have to be motivated to see a show, to don a mask, to brave the tube, to socially distance your way along the pavement, and then to do the same…

Celebration of Dutch master Nicolaes Maes at the National Gallery

    I admit I hadn’t heard of Nicholaes Maes, reportedly Rembrandt’s favourite pupil, so I was very keen to discover his work at the National Gallery at the beginning of March 2020, just before lockdown. The mid-seventeenth century must have been an exciting time for the young Maes, who left his home town of…

Over the Top with Everything They’d Got: British Baroque at Tate Britain

The new show at Tate Britain, British Baroque: Power and Illusion starts in another epoch when our relationship with Europe was a tad strained, let us say, and ends at the point when a German prince who spoke not a word of English was invited – if not begged – to take over the English throne. You’d almost think Tate Britain had timed this show deliberately.