Pass the Salt: Cellini’s Famed Salt Cellar

Celebrated the world over for dexterous works across the arts, Benvenuto Cellini struck a virtuoso performance through the skill of his hand and the intricate workings of his mind. That ‘the devil is in the detail’ duly applies to this polymath. For example, consider Perseus with the head of Medusa, a feat in bronze with … Continue reading Pass the Salt: Cellini’s Famed Salt Cellar

Let down your hair: The Comb as a Love Token in Medieval and Renaissance Europe

The image of a beautiful young woman combing her long, oftentimes blonde hair, has traction throughout the Medieval period and in folklore and fairytale ever since. Indeed, it’s a single strand of Isolde’s hair, the Goose Girl’s unbraiding, the Virgin Queen’s coronation splendor, Rapunzel’s tresses – that capture the imagination and are truly evocative of … Continue reading Let down your hair: The Comb as a Love Token in Medieval and Renaissance Europe

Dadaism & Surrealism: Responses to Culture

Dada and Surrealism respond to cultural circumstances, into which their respective aesthetic and ideological frameworks come into play. The dadaist response post-WWI is overtly politicised in Berlin, where the aftermath of war in Germany was felt acutely, providing a state of social and political disorder which German artists could exploit through the dada channel. Dada, … Continue reading Dadaism & Surrealism: Responses to Culture