A Briton hired to run one of Italy’s top art museums has become the target of an apparent nationalistic backlash after priceless paintings in his care were damaged during freak weather.
James Bradburne, director of the Pinacoteca di Brera museum in Milan, was forced this month to rush two 15th century paintings to the museum’s restoration laboratory after a sudden spell of very dry, cold weather shrank their wooden backings, and caused their paint to buckle.
"I've been an avid collector since I was a child."The fruits of that passion are poured over Michele's own body.
Technically clever, beautifully – sometimes intricately – executed, and all based on works in the National Gallery, they’re the Renaissance on acid.
When Juliet tells Romeo he “kisses by the book,” she may have had one particular volume in mind: Italian diplomat Baldassare Castiglione’s 16th century tome, The Book of the Courtier.
For more than a century, the treatise, originally written in Italian but translated to English by Sir Thomas Hoby, taught the Renaissance gentry how to become the perfect man, and find, of course, the perfect woman.
If you talked art-speak, you could even say they addressed contemporary issues around identity, exile, multiculturalism and the two-way dialogue at its heart.
A former St Martin's student – at a time when nobody hip was painting with any proficiency, and to do so was sneered at – Shaw takes the architecture from the ’s best-proportioned paintings and introduces into it his own subconscious.
He replaces the figures with those from his imagination.