About

Just recently, and somewhat belatedly, I have fallen in love with art.   I am not a painter.   I am not an art expert but I know the artists who give me so much pleasure and I know which of their paintings I admire the most.  I would just like to share my favourites with you.

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53 thoughts on “About”

      1. what is the name of your B&B in Wales? where is it? we are visiting Wales next fall, to track down ancestors. I like your blog, I’m an architect, and I paint.

  1. Hi. Very interesting entry about Savonarola. I have seen the painting in the Convent of San Marco, and was interested to hear the priest say that it was a portrait of “Savonarola, who saved our religion and our city.” A very different take on what you usually read!

    Thanks, Connie

  2. Hello Jonathan

    I very much enjoy the blog and have recommended it to friends. Some of them though are not used to blogs or RSS feeds, and find the prospect of setting up Google Reader off-putting. Would you give some thought to setting up a subscribe by e-mail feature on the home page? http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/quick-subscribe/

    I know you can set up the email link from below the comments box, but you do have to look hard to find it, and a subscribe by email box at the top of the right hand column would be much more visible and simpler to use.

    Thanks
    Anne

  3. As a retired art teacher, now an actor, I find your work fascinating and only wish i could drop by
    for a chat. However, I live in Melbourne (Australia) so it could be a while. I,l bring the wine.

  4. Hi,
    I wouldn’t want to sound pedantic, but the caption under the picture of the man in the Virgin Annunciate post, (Antonello da Messina), should say “Condottiere” (the leader of a mercenary army).
    Thank you, nice work.
    L.

  5. Hi Jonathan,

    I just stumbled across your blog whilst reading up on Gauguin. You put your thoughts across very well.

    I am interested in both finance and fine art. If time machines were real, what do you think Gauguin would say to Bob Diamond?

  6. Hello Sir,
    I have translated in English and posted a biography of Mario Sironi on my blog, if you are interested.
    I always look forward to your posts.
    Thank you.
    L. Pavese

  7. Jonathan, this is a great post, on an intriguing painting & artist, and on a fascinating episode- Napoleon’s Egyptian and Levant campaign- of history . I haven’t timet to look around the rest of the blog just now, but I shall return on some future date and I most certainly will then. I just subscribed too, to get updates & reminders. In my own blog I actually wrote quite recently on some of the same themes, as it relates to Egyptian influence coming to Europe on the back of Napoleon’s campaign, and especially Egyptian-styled neo-classical architecture, for example here in Dublin where I live. Have a look sometime, you will find the post in the archives of my blog. It’s called “the Ripples of History” Anyway, well done again, on a great blog, I look forward to seeing more. best regards- Arran.

  8. Hi Jonathan,
    Great blog! I just discovered it, while reading up on Gabriele Münter and Kandinsky, for the art classes I give (I’m a visual artist myself). Your writing is informative, interesting and well written. Just one thing: in the Gabriele Münter post you put a photograph of ‘Kandinsky and Münter’, according to the caption. But the woman in the photograph is Nina Andreevskaya, his second wife, whom Kandisnky married after leaving Gabriele Münter.
    Gabriele has a very different kind of serene beauty. The way you write about her, makes it worthwile to look for a photograph of Gabriele.
    Kind regards,
    Marijke

    1. Many thanks for your comment Marijke. I have obviously taken the pic which was incorrectly titled or I just wasn’t paying attention !!! I have replaced it with another photograph of the couple and hope that this one is correct
      Jonathan

      1. Hi again, In my studies on Gabriele Münter I came across a piece of information about your favourite painting ‘The Blue Mountain’ that you show in your blog. Though it’s probably a case of ‘useless knowledge’, it might interest you….as it did interest me. Münters words you cite are about an oil sketch she made of the blue mountain (Murnau); a photograph of the sketch still exists, though the whereabouts of the original are currently unknown. Based on this sketch Münter painted her first ‘Blue Mountain’ in 1909, which sadly got lost in Herwarth Walden’s Sturm-Gallery in Berlin, after World War I. She claimed and eventually got damage restitution from Walden in 1924 for the loss of this painting. The image however was so important for Münter, that (much later) she painted a new ‘Blue Mountain’, based on the same sketch. This is probably the ‘Blue Mountain’ in your photograph. (Source: ‘Gabriele Münter 1877-1962 Retrospektive’, Prestel Verlag 1992) I hope you don’t find me too much of a school teacher, but maybe we just share the same passion for art and artists. Keep up the good work! With kind regards, Marijke

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  9. Hi Jonathan,
    Yes, the new photo shows Gabriele Münter, shortly before Kandinsky ‘dumped’ her… I imagine I can see the strain about the deterioration of their relationship in her face. She suffered from severe depression after the break up. Earlier photographs of Gabriele show a sensitive, happy woman. What an extraordinary artist she was. You are so right to point out that several excellent female artists are unjustly snowed under by their male partner’s success.
    With kind regards,
    Marijke

  10. Your blog was a wonderful discovery. I will recommended to fellow teachers and to my science students. Human activity must never be devoid of context, the appreciation of science must run concurrently with the knowledge and appreciation of art. Thank you

  11. Going to follow your blog. I can make good use of your search feature before and after I visit the galleries here in Dublin. Like to learn more about the paintings I love or would like to see some day.

  12. Thank you for your enjoyable blog. I was able to find the story behind a print I purchased in Madrid in 2000 entitled The Fountain of Youth (May 2012). Thank you so much! Barb Smith Cary NC US

  13. Jonathan, what a wonderful blog you have, truly inspiring and a brilliant analysis for each artist you choose… Please take these few words of encouragement as extremely well deserved, – and I am sure that all your other regular readers will agree too. If there were medals for great blogs, you would certainly be there on the podium!… Thanks again.

  14. Hi Jonathan,
    I have loved reading your posts! I’m currently writing a research paper on misogyny in 19th century art and would love to cite you, but I need your last name. Is it possible for you to e-mail me with your information? I would really appreciate it!
    Thanks,
    Elana

  15. Hello Jonathan, I am writing a research paper on L’Absinthe and was wondering if you could send me your last name via email so I could use this site as a source. It would be a big help!
    Thanks,
    Braquel

  16. Jonathan,
    I’m researching and writing a feature on Gauguin for my (foreign) students and it’s been refreshing to come across an amateur – someone with a viewpoint and the ability to put it forward and support it, but without the mind-set which I guess is inescapable in the ‘expert’. Congratulations and thanks.

  17. Hello, thank you so much Jonathon. Your research really helped me on my paper on “The Black Death’s Effects on Art.”
    I was just wandering if you could give me your last name for a citation? Thanks in advance. Keep it up!

  18. What joy your blog has given me this day. My Wife and I visited Paris last year and had the great privilege to wander through the Cimetiere de Passy for several hours. It was while on the wander that we discovered the mausoleum for Marie Bashkirtseff. We were struck by the fresh flowers upon the tomb of someone who had passed away in the 19th Century. Being rather ignorant of who this woman was I attempted to find out more about her that night. However strangely my Google search came up with no hits. I never tried to discover more at the time as we travelled on with our journey. Today I searched the cemetery and viewed the mausoleum and with great joy discovered your blog. I excitedly called my wife to come and discover with me who our mysterious lady was. I hope you don’t mind if I print your blog so we can share with our friends and family. The mystery is solved. What beautiful art works from a beautiful lady. Thank you once again

  19. Hello Jonathan, I stumbled upon your blog and thought you might be interested in some cooperation. I am launching an unofficial art museum audio guide and expanding the pool of scriptwriters. Subjects are artworks, artists, art movements, and art subjects. Please let me know if you are interested in this kind of project.

  20. Jonathan always a pleasure to read your postings, which I have followed for some time. Your love of art is in itself, a reward to a fellow art lover. You bring fresh faces to my attention. Even after my own involvement of some 70 years. The Fred Elwell self portrait is such a fine painting.

  21. I am interested in using a lot of the information you spoke about in your blog on Louis Anquetin for a research paper. However, I was wondering if you possibly have sources for that information and if so, what they are and where I can find them.
    Thank you.

  22. Great blog! So much of intimate and amazing stuff! I found your blog when I was searching for the curious question. Why would Gerolamo Induno in his painting Figura femminile in un interno, 1862 insert another well known picture of Francesco Hayez – The Kiss (Il Bacio), 1859. I visited Milan’s Brera lately and I just can not get this thing of my mind. What do you think??? Thanks again. Andy

  23. Just came across your site while looking up info on Cagnacci’s ‘Martha Rebuking Mary…’ (very nice post BTW).

    I’m in Vancouver, British Columbia where we have an exhibit of Italian Renaissance art called ‘Heaven and Earth: 500 Years of Italian Painting from Glasgow Museums”–https://www.vanartgallery.bc.ca/the_exhibitions/exhibit_ofheavenandearth.html

    Just wanted to say how much I appreciate your blog and will continue to read and explore it.

    Well done 🙂

  24. I agree this is an outstanding depiction of Christ which I saw at the Thyssen in2012.
    Compared to other mediaeval paintings Christ here stands alone with a profound sadness and eyes looking more inwards than out. The degree of muscular definition is unusual in most depictions of Christ from the Middle Ages and emphasises the human more than the divine. I also wonder whether the moon is a benevolent face looking down on Christ. An amazing painting

  25. Thank you for sharing!
    I just had a chance to see ‘home again’ by Henry Nelson O’Neil and enTWINed by the Singh twin.. u have filled my query (in my brain) on Ho Eastward..
    … Keep up the good work !

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