SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
Lucien de Guise

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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,
January 31, 2019
A recent issue of the Spectator featured a surprising article. It was self-critical, apolitical and highly readable. Commissioning editor Mary Wakefield made a confession about her reading habits: she has a passion for romantic fiction, specifically Mills & Boon. Mention of those two names brought back memories of the 1970s that I had repressed in
October 25, 2018
One of the most significant cultural events of the year took place at the British Museum last week: the glitzy new Albukhary Foundation Gallery of the Islamic World was formally opened. The gallery is huge both in size and in terms of the message it sends about the growing Islamic influence in the London art
September 27, 2018
The Royal Academy’s new exhibition Oceania is as big as the subject deserves. It’s a happy coincidence for this neglected field that 2018 marks both the 250th anniversary of the Royal Academy and of Captain Cook’s first voyage to the Pacific. This is the first major exhibition of Oceanic art in London. Maybe it will
May 02, 2018
The Silver Galleries at the Victoria and Albert Museum are less frequented than most. Recently the foot traffic has increased as the silverware piled high in this cavernous space is augmented by the treasure of Maqdala. The V&A is entirely open about the questionable origins of these Ethiopian wares. Although the lighting is not the
April 12, 2018
Dull is the eye that will not weep to see Thy walls defaced, thy mouldering shrines removed By British hands, which it had best behoved To guard those relics ne’er to be restored. Lord Byron’s mourning of the Parthenon Marbles is unlikely to have been read by Auguste Rodin. He was not much of a
March 22, 2018
What inspired Picasso to create multiple images of this most Christian of events?
March 22, 2018
Just before you reach the exit of the new Picasso exhibition at Tate Modern, you chance upon a space that is not filled with different visions of womanhood. Instead, there are 13 drawings relating to the Crucifixion. You know you’ve reached something unusual because the walls have been painted a sombre, penitential purple rather than
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