Jonathan Myles-Lea. British artist and photographer. "Quality is never an accident. It is always the result of intelligent effort" John Ruskin.
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Young Marlon Brando skipping.
Villa Del Timpano Arcuato at at Paese, 1782 by Francesco Guardi (1712-1793). I love the fine details in this canvas which was painted for John Strange, a British resident of Venice who was apparently a very demanding client. It’s currently on display in room 39 at London’s National Gallery. Guardi has a style which is rather ‘spidery’ and rococo in feel compared to Canaletto, the other major artist who mainly painted Venetian scenes. at National Gallery
‘Perseus turning Phineas and his Followers into Stone’, 1680s by Luca Giordano (1634-1705). at National Gallery
A recent acquisition at The National Gallery in London: ‘The Fortress of Königstein from the North’, 1756 by Bernardo Bellotto (1722-1780). at National Gallery
Mythological Scene - Agriculture, 1630, by Luca Giordano (1634-1705). at National Gallery
If you’re visiting the National Gallery in London, this small, one-room exhibition of Murillo portraits is worth seeing. His two self portraits are on display.
Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617 - 1682) was a Spanish Baroque painter. Although he is best known for his religious works, Murillo also produced many portraits of contemporary women and children. His lively, realist portraits of flower girls and street urchins record of the everyday life of his times. at National Gallery
Founded in 1824, the National Gallery in London houses a collection of over 2,300 paintings dating from the mid-13th century to 1900. The present building, the third to house the National Gallery, was designed by William Wilkins from 1832 to 1838. Only the façade onto Trafalgar Square remains essentially unchanged from this time, as the building has been expanded piecemeal throughout its history. at National Gallery
Sir Roy Strong browsing through the huge books at Maison Assouline on Piccadilly. at Maison Assouline
‘Portrait of a Man Holding a Letter’ about 1570 by Giovanni Battista Moroni (15291579). A TOUR DE FORCE of painting! Almost incomparable. The ruff is painted so crisply it looked three-dimensional. The skin tones are so perfect one could imagine the subject is about to speak! (Zoom-in on that ruff!) at National Gallery
‘The Way to Calvary’, 1544 by Jacopo Bassano (active 1535-1592) at The National Gallery, London. Bassano has become one of my all-time favourite painters. His technical virtuosity is stupendous. I love thevrange of colours and textures he creates. The design of his compositions is always so attractive and there is so much incident in them. Theres so much to enjoy in this delicious canvas. (Zoom-on that platted hair!) at National Gallery
Lunch with Sir Roy Strong at The Royal Academy. (He’s wearing his new pince-nez). at Royal Academy of Arts
The Athenaeum Club, Pall Mall is a private members' club in London, founded in 1824. It’s admitted women since 2002. It is primarily a club for men and women with intellectual interests, and particularly (but not exclusively) for those who have attained some distinction in science, engineering, literature or the arts.
The impressive clubhouse (at 107 Pall Mall at the corner of Waterloo Place) was designed by Decimus Burton in the Neoclassical style, and built by Decimus's father, James Burton, the pre-eminent London property developer. The Clubhouse has a Doric portico, above which is a statue of the classical goddess of wisdom, Athena, from whom the Club derives its name. The bas-relief frieze is a copy of the frieze of the Parthenon in Athens.
The club's facilities include an extensive library, a dining room known as the Coffee Room, a Morning Room, a Drawing Room on the first floor, a newly restored Smoking Room, where smoking is not permitted, and a suite of bedrooms.
Sir Roy Strong meets Charles I - drawn by Sir Anthony Van Dyck in the RA exhibition ‘Charles I - King and Collector’. Such a treat to explore the best exhibition in town with such a great man! at Royal Academy of Arts
Spring - finally! at St James's Park
‘Call Me By Your Name’ is one of the most poetic and beautiful movies made so far this century. It’s a drama film directed by Luca Guadagnino and written by James Ivory, based on the 2007 novel of the same name by André Aciman. It is the final installment in Guadagnino's thematic Desire trilogy, following I Am Love (2009) and A Bigger Splash (2015). Set in Northern Italy in 1983, Call Me by Your Name chronicles the romantic relationship between Elio Perlman (Timothée Chalamet), and his father's American assistant, Oliver (Armie Hammer). The film also stars Michael Stuhlbarg, Amira Casar, Esther Garrel, and Victoire Du Bois.
I had the great pleasure of meeting the award-winning poet and author Pauline Suett-Barbieri and her artist husband Wim at The British Museum today. We were both there to see Doctor Dee’s obsidian mirror and we weren’t at all surprised that this led to a fascinating conversation beside the display case in which it is displayed. John Dee (1527 – 1608) was an English mathematician, astronomer, astrologer, occult philosopher, and advisor to Queen Elizabeth I. He devoted much of his life to the study of alchemy, divination, and Hermetic philosophy. Pauline’s ancestor; Richard “Dicky” Suett, (1755-1805) was an English comedian who was George III's favourite Shakespearean clown, and star at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane for twenty-five years. Pauline has written books about him as well as Doctor Dee. at British Museum
Number One Bedford Square, London. According to the ratebooks the first occupier of No. 1 was Sir Lionel Lyde, who took up his residence here in 1781. In 1791 he was succeeded by George Gosling, who remained until after the close of the century. at Bedford Square
Compare this equestrian portrait of Charles V at Mühlberg painted by the great Titian in 1548 to Sir Anthony Van Dyck’s equestrian portrait of Charles I on horseback of 1637/8. (swipe left). The similarities are fascinating. Both rulers have burgundy feathered plumes in their helmets.
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