Snowflakes Beware: Review of Rodin and the art of ancient Greece at the British Museum

The British Museum, which traditionally uses its summer months to display a wide-ranging, easy-to-follow main exhibition focused on a topic popular with laymen both British and from abroad (cf Pompeii and Herculaneum, Ming Dynasty China and Vikings), seems to have gone a little off-piste this year. A display, I kid you not, curated by Ian… Read More Snowflakes Beware: Review of Rodin and the art of ancient Greece at the British Museum

YouTube Existentialism: Tom, Jerry and Shiloh Dynasty.

Trite observations on a new genre of short film. There is an excellent rabbit hole of Youtube dedicated to the analysis and appreciation of (largely early noughties) animation available. From sustained forty minute long-breakdowns of how The Simpsons died (hint: it was long before Maud Flanders), to any number of so-called ‘video essays’ on certain… Read More YouTube Existentialism: Tom, Jerry and Shiloh Dynasty.

Anti-clockwise; Power and Protection: Islamic Art and the Supernatural at the Ashmolean Museum

As a grad student, I wrote a study of the Tiberius Cup, now in the Louvre, originally found in the silver hoard of a villa at Boscoreale, near Pompeii. The cup depicts a triumph of the (future) Emperor Tiberius, and is the only known realistic depiction of this archetypal Roman event in the whole corpus… Read More Anti-clockwise; Power and Protection: Islamic Art and the Supernatural at the Ashmolean Museum