• The painter who cut up his own masterpiece

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    The newly-built Amsterdam town hall was to feature a stirring depiction of a legendary meeting, at night, between tribal chiefs about to revolt against their Roman invaders. The above painting is what Rembrandt, the great Dutch painter commissioned to paint the meeting, came up with. This is, according to art ...

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  • Rain, Steam, and Speed – The Great Western Railway

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    As the speed of living increases, we often find ourselves rushing through our various experiences. The painting Rain, Steam, and Speed – The Great Western Railway by William Turner depicts a laceration of the lush English countryside by the great new railway which connected major cities across the country. The rail ...

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  • The Fight between Carnival and Lent

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    As the days roll by, the Carnival vibes seem ever closer and alongside this, so does the kaleidoscopic reality it presents. Pieter Bruegel takes this celebration as a starting point for the chaotic scene depicted in ‘The Fight between Carnival and Lent’, and evokes a contrast between the former and ...

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  • Humanity at the Crossroads

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    Reflection on “The Garden of Earthly Delights” by Hieronymous Bosch (c. 1500) “For he spake and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast”. So does Hieronymous Bosch introduce us to this most stunning Triptych, which we now call “The Garden of Earthly Delights”. On the exterior shutters, the ...

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  • The Challenge of Change

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    “Change…is it a postive thing?” “Does it make life inconsistent or more fulfilling?” “How should I embrace change?” These are questions that I frequently find myself struggling with. And I guess, these are the questions which essentially attracted me to Guido Reni’s painting of The Adoration of the Shepherds. In ...

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  • Visualising the “Call”

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    How can a call be “represented” visually? There is an entire sensory experience in between hearing and seeing, which gives them a considerably different communicative value. One may hear something without necessarily seeing it and, inversely, one may see something without necessarily hearing anything at all. The two, hearing and ...

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  • An Encounter with Beauty

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    “Beauty of whatever kind, in its supreme development, invariably excites the sensitive soul to tears.” – Edgar Allen Poe There must have been, at some point or other, an experience in your life in which you were moved to tears, or were gripped by an overwhelming need to bury your ...

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