Category Archives: Longevity & Legacy Portraits

Longevity & Legacy Portraits 2021: Dante. For 700 Years, Still in Journey.

Dante Alighieri. Seven hundred on from his death Sept.14, 1321; for followers of the monumental writers throughout history, it is almost impossible forget his legacy, largely known for his masterwork La Divina Commedia. For that matter, if by chance you have been to Florence or Ravenna it is almost impossible to avoid the feeling that

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Summer Shorts 45 – Portraits and Ageing. Discovering Maggi Hambling.

In my first blog review/discussion this April of the new 2020 book Literature and Ageing, I noted the beautifully arresting front cover image, Self Portrait by British artist Maggi Hambling. Until then, sadly I had not heard of Hambling, and I mused that I might do a future, feature post about her. So here it is, one of

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Summer Shorts 44 – A Stitched Encore, From An Occupational Therapist Artist

In July 2012, I started some quick blog musings for the lazy, hazy days of summer. I call them “Summer Shorts”. To start this year, I return to one short from 2017, which featured the amazing stitched drawings of the UK artist and former occupational therapist, Georgie Meadows. But, why the jars? Drawn from personal experiences of

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Venice, Icon of Longevity: 1600 Years. History and Hope for Its Tomorrow.

“As I write, the fate of Venice in the war continues to be uncertain.” September 1944. So begins the Preface to Venice: An Aspect of Art (1945) by art critic Adrian Stokes. One of the joyous aspects of the history of Venice is that no matter what point you decide to enter the narrative, no

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