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Helen Recognizing Telemachus, Son of Odysseus

Biblical events and Western classics, such as the Iliad and the Odyssey, narrate many stories that have been continually retold and reinterpreted throughout the centuries. From full blown discourses to the subtlest of references, these stories can be found in novels, plays, and all types of visual art, such as ancient Greek mythology paintings and …

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The Tragedy of Andromache

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Following on from our previous article, ‘Mythology in a contemporary age’, let’s continue exploring art and mythology as it allows us to appreciate previous civilisations and its influence on contemporary society. This piece will appreciate Franz Matsch’s oil painting ‘The Triumph of Achilles’ and Frederic Leighton’s oil painting ‘Captive Andromache’ which focuses on the literature and …

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All Gogh-ing Wrong

This October, tragically, London’s Royal Opera House has sought to auction a portrait of its former boss, Sir David Webster, painted by David Hockney himself! This is in a bid to raise finance and balance the books following the lack of revenue during the pandemic, with the portrait estimating to bring in £18 million. Alex …

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Amalgam: From Haven of Racial Tolerance to Desolate Deserted Island

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Fifty years after first making their homes on the island of Malaga in the 1860s, a stone’s throw off the coast of Maine, a small community of mixed-race Americans were forcibly evicted from their homes. Over a hundred years later, the island remains desolate, uninhabited and its history largely forgotten.  In his latest exhibition, currently …

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The Art of Diplomacy Pt 2: Buddy-Up with the ‘New’ Kids on the Block.

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In Part 1 ‘Franchising Cultural Heritage’ we explored the concept of using art as a means of facilitating diplomatic relationships between countries. If you haven’t yet read it, you can check that article out here. In this second part of the series, we explore the growth of the art market and the challenges that come …

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The Art of Diplomacy Pt 1: Franchising Cultural Heritage

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In November, Emmanuel Macron, the French President, travelled to China to officially open the new Pompidou centre on the famous West Bund in Shanghai. The state-owned Pompidou Centre is one of Paris’ most famous museums and art collections, housing artworks from almost every big-name, western artist since the 1850s. As a result, visitors to the …

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