Monday, 26 December 2005

Tom Hunter

I've been quite taken by the works of Tom Hunter being displayed at the National Gallery in London that I'm seeing online. The BBC has an online gallery - I thought "Rat in Bed" looked lovely, and the obvious parallels between "Ye Olde Axe" (2002) and Diego Velazquez's classic sole surviving nude the "Rokeby Venus" (1647-51) are fascinating.

(Come to think of it, Velazquez was under the patronage of Philip IV, although sadly my memories of 17th-century Spanish history, once fortified by A-level history, have faded to the point that I don't really remember much of Philip IV's rain except for his patronage of Velazquez and the fact that Olivares basically ran everything.).



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