New Exhibition – Truth and Beauty: The Pre-Raphaelites and the Old Masters











June 30, 2018 – September 30, 2018 – San Francisco

Truth and Beauty: The Pre-Raphaelites and the Old Masters is the first major exhibition to juxtapose examples by the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood with works that inspired its members, including Italian old masters Fra Angelico and Pietro Perugino and their northern contemporaries Jan van Eyck and Hans Memling. It reveals how the Brotherhood’s aesthetic evolved over time to embrace artistic influences from the High and late Renaissance, such as Titian and Veronese. It also offers a rich multimedia opportunity to examine the artists’ attraction to stained glass, domestic decorations, and sixteenth-century textiles.

Poet Raza Hussain inspired by Hunt’s portrait of Rossetti

Art UK challenged four poets to write and perform original works based on paintings that have inspired them from the UK’s art collection.

Raza Hussain performs his poem ‘Raphaelites of Birmz’, inspired by the painting ‘Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828–1882)’ by William Holman Hunt. Filmed at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. Read more about the painting and the poet:

The Book of Rachel and the Eiffel Tower

I read a question awhile back by a reader who asked why do so many recent novels have scenes of hair being tucked behind ears? I have noticed the even more pervasive phenomena of the name of Rachel in many new books.

The most popular one being The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, but I have found the name other books I have come across: The Improbability of Love by Hannah Rothschild, Under the Harrow by Flynn Berry, Borne by Jeff VanderMeer, Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane, The Jane Austen Project by Kathleen A. Flynn, The Forever Summer by Jamie Benner, What She Knew by Gilly Macmillan, and two books with similar titles: Before the Fall by Noah Hawley with the character of a child Rachel, and After the Fall by Kate Hart with the character Raychel.

Maybe I should also we checking out books with “fell and falling” in the title…..

What timing for the new movie version of My Cousin Rachel.

As you have seen, I am interested in book cover trends. There have been many books with the Eiffel Tower on the cover

Recently another batch has appeared. You Will Not Have My Hate, The Afterlife of Stars, The Nightingale, To Capture What We Cannot Keep.

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