SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
August 12, 2022
A Biographical Dictionary of English Architecture, 1540-1640 Mark Girouard Yale, £40, 372 pages Mark Girouard, born a Catholic in 1937, is the unchallenged doyen of English architectural historians, particularly after the recent lamented death of John Harris. His major works include The Victorian Country House (1971), Life in the English Country House (1978) and Robert
August 12, 2022
Years of media intrusion that followed the stabbing meant that Baroness Hollins would emerge as a leading campaigner for tighter regulation of the British press and for higher media standards
August 12, 2022
The novel has a reputation as an enigmatic curiosity. Yet its pertinence is obvious for our time, given our preoccupation with questions of race and colonialism
August 12, 2022
She demonstrates his transformative power as a painter to endow ancient prototypes with emotion, sensuality and drama, for he had an active, creative and dynamic approach to Antiquity.
August 12, 2022
The failure of the original amusement-park project in the first film, along with the failure of every other dinosaur-related scheme in the subsequent films, reminds us that the cult of scientism is really all for nothing.
August 12, 2022
Violet grasps a core truth about opera: that good narratives don’t tell you everything but leave space for the music to fill in, working a magic of its own.
August 12, 2022
Less than a year after a major refurbishment, the Courtauld Gallery has already had exhibitions of two of the biggest names in early modern art. There’s not much to rival Vincent van Gogh or Edvard Munch for raw power. Pieter Bruegel the Elder might have the same name recognition, but the nature of his work
August 12, 2022
In the same way that the convent’s walls are breached by wind, they are also not immune to scandal.
August 12, 2022
The main panel shows Mary crowned as Queen of Heaven surrounded by a garland of flowers and angels spreading her protective cloak over four supplicants. The other two panels show a Nativity Scene in winter and the Coronation of Our Lady in summer.
August 12, 2022
It is a vision about how in Christ, the hopes of Israel that her Messiah would finally overcome her oppressors has finally come true, and in an astonishing way – for he has defeated death itself.
August 12, 2022
Each season has its place. The slanting golden light and warm colours of autumn are just round the corner.
August 12, 2022
Where would you go? It would have to be a Saint Oscar Romero pilgrimage to El Salvador. I was there quite a few years ago and it would be wonderful to go back now he is a saint – of course, he was a saint to the people there for many years.  His two-roomed house,
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