The Canticle of the Birds by Farîd-ud-Dîn Attar Brought Back to Life in New Book

Dick Davis has breathed new life into his 1984 translation of the “The Canticle of the Birds” by Twelfth Century poet Farîd-ud-Dîn Attar. The new publication has additional translations, re-worked passages and a sumptuous array of colourful illustrations from over 200 Persian, Central Asian, Turkish and Indo-Islamic paintings from the thirteenth to the eighteenth centuries – selected by the … Read more The Canticle of the Birds by Farîd-ud-Dîn Attar Brought Back to Life in New Book

Was Johannes Vermeer more of a scientist than an artist?

That’s the question posed by Texan inventor Tim Jenison, who sets out to scratch beneath the veneer of Vermeer to find out what lay behind the legendary lifelike quality of the Dutch master’s paintings. Johannes Vermeer painted during the seventeenth century and his pieces were notable for being exceptionally true-to-life. The “Girl with a Pearl … Read more Was Johannes Vermeer more of a scientist than an artist?

Dice Kayek First Fashion Label to be Nominated for the Jameel Prize

Ece and Ayse Ege have become the first fashion designers to be shortlisted for the Jameel Prize. The ladies’ work will join that of nine other shortlisted artists and designers in an exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, UK from 11 December 2013 until 21 April 2014. The winner of the Jameel … Read more Dice Kayek First Fashion Label to be Nominated for the Jameel Prize

Mariusz Waras on Painting Graffiti for F1 with Kimi Räikkönen

Mariusz Waras, known as M-City, recently had the privilege of applying his unique style of graffiti art to the new Lotus F1 Team car. Kimi Räikkönen was on hand to help with the spray painting at the party held at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona on 8th May 2013. The Burn Yard party series celebrates … Read more Mariusz Waras on Painting Graffiti for F1 with Kimi Räikkönen

Hani Hourani Landscapes at Foresight32 Art Gallery in Jordan

A new exhibition of landscapes by Hani Hourani will be shown at the Foresight32 Art Gallery in Amman, Jordan, from Monday 19th March 2012 for a month. The exhibition, entitled “Particulars”, is based on the landscape of Jordan, including rock formations near the Dead Sea. Ibn Al Roumi st. 32. 940631 Amman 11194 Jordan. T. … Read more Hani Hourani Landscapes at Foresight32 Art Gallery in Jordan

Gobi Inspiration in Dales Exhibition

I first went to Mongolia in 2001 for the marriage of our eldest son. We stayed for over a month in the city, Ulaanbaatar and traveled into the countryside north and west. I took a couple of robust Pentax cameras and a lot of black & white film, documenting as much as I could. On … Read more Gobi Inspiration in Dales Exhibition

Visual Representations of the Holocaust and Religion

Representations of the Holocaust have been debated for a long time, almost since the end of World War II in 1945. For some representations per se are problematic, because they aestheticise a horrible subject, because they try to convey experiences which are deemed uncommunicable, because they appropriate other people’s experiences, because they are voyeuristic of … Read more Visual Representations of the Holocaust and Religion

Anna Tosney, Printmaker, Exhibiting at Yorkshire Dales National Park, UK

Anna Tosney is a printmaker from Skipton in Northern England. Her latest collection is inspired by the landscape of the National Park near her home and struck such a chord with the people there that it is being exhibited in the offices of the National Park authority in Bainbridge. Featuring farmers, animals and the famous … Read more Anna Tosney, Printmaker, Exhibiting at Yorkshire Dales National Park, UK

People’s Portraits Exhibition at Girton College, Cambridge

From the lifeboatmen of Fowey to a hairdresser, people from many different walks of life are captured on canvas in the extraordinary People’s Portraits exhibition housed at Girton College. The collection originated as a millennial exhibition mounted by the Royal Society of Portrait Painters. After being seen by over one million people on its tour … Read more People’s Portraits Exhibition at Girton College, Cambridge

Hermione the Egyptian Mummy on Display at Cambridge University

Girton College has a newly refurbished small museum, the Lawrence Room, now open to the public once a week. On exhibition are many fascinating objects from three major collections, namely Anglo-Saxon, Egyptian and Mediterranean. Perhaps the most interesting is the unique mummy of a schoolteacher named Hermione, who carries her name written in Greek on … Read more Hermione the Egyptian Mummy on Display at Cambridge University

1859 Sicilian Stamp Auctioned for €1.8 Million

An 1859 Sicilian stamp has sold at auction in Switzerland for €1.8 Million. The “Error of Colour” stamp was printed in blue instead of orange. The auctioneers, Galerie Dreyfus, claim that the stamp is the most expensive Italian postage stamp and second most expensive stamp in the world. The ½ Grana stamp has a Palermo … Read more 1859 Sicilian Stamp Auctioned for €1.8 Million

Polish President Opens “Golden Times of the Republic” Art Exhibition in Spain

The President of Poland, Bronislaw Komorowski, opened an art exhibition celebrating Polish treasures on 1st June 2011. The exhibition has been prepared by the National Museum in Krakow and is present in the Palacio Real de Madrid. The highlight of the exhibition is Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece “Lady with an Ermine”, which has been in … Read more Polish President Opens “Golden Times of the Republic” Art Exhibition in Spain

Matthew Humphries Win $5000 NAIDOC Prize for “Road to Change”

The National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee has awarded $5000 to Matthew Humphries, an indigenous artist from Mackay in Central Queensland, Australia, for his artwork “Road to Change”, which will be used in promoting the the annual celebrations of Australia’s traditional owners. 100 artists entered the NAIDOC  poster competition under the theme: ‘Change – … Read more Matthew Humphries Win $5000 NAIDOC Prize for “Road to Change”

Art: Afghanistan’s Timeless Treasures

On a frigid day in December 1978, a large convoy of Russian tanks and armoured vehicles crossed into Balkh through the Temez border in the North of Afghanistan. The aim of the invasion was to shore up the flailing Marxist regime in Kabul. On that same day, 80 miles away in the ancient city of … Read more Art: Afghanistan’s Timeless Treasures

Art: “A Bronze by Any Other Name” Gian Mario Spacca on the Fano Bronze

“What’s in a name?” In a brief phrase, William Shakespeare encapsulated the struggle and tragedy of his classic Italian lyrical drama pitting Capulet against Montague. Today, another unfortunate Italian fight over heart and mind pits the people of Italy against the wealthiest museum in the world, the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. It … Read more Art: “A Bronze by Any Other Name” Gian Mario Spacca on the Fano Bronze