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Thursday, 27 June 2013

{quotable thursdays}

I apologise--I've been absent from the blog. Or at least I feel like I have. Life has been busy with starting a new job, moving house & countries etc... I just got back from a very long day of meetings and realise it's Thursday & I should do my duty!
I have photos of the flat that I haven't had time to post (apologies)...along with the busy-ness of work, & move, life is just busier in London because there's so much to do! so when I'm not working, I have a long list of fun things I can do, like antique shopping in Muswell Hill, or museum visiting or pint drinking at a pub, or walking along the New River,or discovering some new neighbourhood. The choices are endless.
Anyway, all that to say, there are some good blog posts ahead when I find a relaxing moment to just sit and write, but for now, the quote today will be on art, as I'm attending the Masterpiece fair this Saturday with a good friend. I got complimentary tickets through the Courtauld  as an alumni, which I was thrilled about (since they're 20 quid otherwise). a recent review in the Huffington post raves about it with the headline of "Masterpiece is a Masterpiece." In a discipline that now questions the notion of the 'masterpiece' and as an Art Historian who often deals with 'objects' that fall outside the canonical works of Art History, it seems a bit ironic. But who can pass up a chance to see these works in the flesh & for sale!? a hint of nostalgia of bygone times when antiquities were really on sale to the Isabella d'Estes of the world, where the studiolo allowed for visitors to caress, hold, touch, and even sniff works of art, where Mantegnas and Michelangelos sketched from real works of art,  rather than looking at them behind glass... and as someone who works on the art market of the 15th century, I suppose it's not that off mark...
I digress.
here's one of my favourite quotes on art by Berger (not a trained art historian, I might add, but who has produced some splendid books in the field of At History) :
“ A painting ought to change as you look at it, and as you think, talk, and write about it”

--Harry Berger, 1994

{ticket & flowers from my garden}
a bientot, 

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