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February 28, 2022
Lucien de Guise is delighted by a show that charts the artist’s tortured return to religion
January 20, 2022
Lucien de Guise looks at the fifth ‘c’ that’s missing from museum jewellery exhibitions
December 06, 2021
Lucien de Guise reviews Peru: a journey in time at the British Museum
November 12, 2021
Lucien de Guise reflects on the devotional treasures that have become art pure and simple at Frieze Masters
August 29, 2021
Two definitive art exhibitions in London have been largely overlooked. Is this the new iconoclasm when it comes to Catholic culture?
July 01, 2021
The British Museum’s handsome Nero show burnishes his legacy but glosses over his treatment of Christians.
May 27, 2021
"It’s not a whitewash of the man whose very name suggests darkness," writes Lucien de Guise. "This exhibition is more of a blank slate, trying to rehabilitate an individual whose reputation is unknown to younger visitors."
August 21, 2020
There has never been much that China has wanted from the outside world. Exotic produce from Southeast Asian rainforests used to be of interest; now it’s luxury goods from London and Paris, plus entire vineyards in Bordeaux. Foreign ideas, too, have rarely interested China. It took millennia to develop the blend of Confucianism and Taoism
January 23, 2020
When Gauguin Portraits ends its run at the National Gallery this month, the artist will have emerged as a serious portraitist as well as a Primitivist, Symbolist and Synthetist. What might have been overlooked along the way is Gauguin the man of God. Gauguin’s fascination with the traditional beliefs of French Polynesia is well known.
October 24, 2019
There has been some fairly specific criticism of the latest exhibition at the British Museum. “Inspired by the east: how the Islamic world influenced western art” has irked some reviewers, not with the title’s meagre use of capitalisation, but with the disappointingly small number of harem paintings on display. It seems that British art critics
August 08, 2019
In a recent article in this magazine, Tim Stanley upped the ante by suggesting that the government of China is “pure evil”. His observation was part of an ingenious argument about liberalism and the crackdown on protestors in Hong Kong. His conclusion: “It’s time to confront Beijing’s communist tyranny head-on.” I am not so sure
May 09, 2019
St Mark the Evangelist By Serena Fass, Filament Publishing (distributed by Aid to the Church in Need UK), 315pp, £25/$30 Serena Fass is a remarkable figure in the field of Christian studies. Despite being 80 years old, this unstuffy non-academic keeps on writing. In the past few years she has produced books on St Thomas,
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