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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