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Ars Longa, Vita Brevis

Last evening, looking for distraction from the election, I found myself watching a British art history documentary about Hans Holbein. The “guide” was Waldemar Januszczak, not my favorite art historian (he’s ugly, I’m superficial) and I ended up having one of those strange experiences of seeing a painting on television that I saw in real life in a city I visited but barely remember. 799 more words


St Andrew Undershaft

Another in the  series on City of London buildings that survived the Great Fire of 1666, and that still survive to this day …

The church of St Andrew Undershaft was originally  built in the twelfth century, and rebuilt in the fourteenth, and again, in the Perpendicular Gothic style, in around 1520-32.  174 more words

Site Is On A Lost City Of London Tour


Imagine the conversation in this room.

Now imagine how the painting affects the conversation. Or doesn’t it?

Replace the painting with a reproduction of a 16th century nude. 114 more words


Christian-themed portraits by Kehinde Wiley

“Painting is about the world we live in. Black people live in the world. My choice is to include them. This is my way of saying yes to us.”—Kehinde Wiley… 1,975 more words

Visual Art

Saint Thomas More and Saint John Fisher

John Fisher, Hans Holbein the Younger

Today is the feast day of Saint Thomas More and Saint John Fisher, both executed for their refusal to acknowledge Henry VIII as the head of the Church of  England. 179 more words

Saint Of The Day


The 16th century meets 21st century: Pablo Garcia makes temporary tattoos of memento mori skull, a la Hans Holbein the Younger’s 1533 oil painting “The Ambassadors.” A reminder of mortality, Garcia encourages us to place the skull image on our index finger and point at others (and ourselves), bringing the anamorphic skull to life in proper proportions. 107 more words

Art History