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The Rossendale Fairies Photographed? April 6, 2014

Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite
The Rossendale Fairies Photographed?

This week has been big in fairy land. Not only did an interesting piece appear concerning a diabolical gnome from Argentina, there were also some photographs published by the Manchester Evening News purporting to show fairies. As this blog has always taken very great pleasure in giving fairies and more importantly fairy belief space we […]

Love Goddess 8: Simonetta Vespucci March 30, 2014

Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
Love Goddess 8: Simonetta Vespucci

Our latest in the love goddess series (for a full list see below) is Simonetta Vespucci (obit 1476), a woman that had the reputation for being the most outstanding beauty of Florence at the apogee of that city’s golden age. We know that she came from Genova (her maiden name was Cattaneo de Candia), we […]

A Pregnant Christ?! January 23, 2014

Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
A Pregnant Christ?!

This beautiful mosaic is an eleventh-century work in the church of San Miniato in Florence, one of the most extraordinary religious buildings in the world. The mosaic is unusual as, though put together in central Italy, it shows, as does an accompanying mosaic outside the church, clear eastern influences. Are we to think of itinerant […]

Love Goddess #5: Agnes ‘Madonna’ Sorel January 12, 2013

Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
Love Goddess #5: Agnes ‘Madonna’ Sorel

Jean Fouquet was the greatest French painter of the fifteenth century. He is of special interest in this blog because JF created the fifth love goddess in our series: the notorious, terrifying Madonna from the Melun Diptych, c. 1450. Thanks to Invisible for the tip. Let’s start by remembering that madonnas were everywhere in the […]

Victorian Osiris Kills Father and Paints Fairies April 30, 2012

Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
Victorian Osiris Kills Father and Paints Fairies

Now that the happy days of summer are here Beach is running away, in his mind, with several projects. There are the bat boxes, visits to the animals’ secret garden in the woods (with elder daughter), an attempt (probably vain) to get a carpenter to put up some shelves and then, chief among Beach’s preoccupations, there […]

Impressionist Heresy in the Soviet Union November 22, 2011

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
Impressionist Heresy in the Soviet Union

Beach has spent the day in bed reading books he once loved and in doing so came across this fabulous picture by Sergei Gerasimov (obit 1964). While not normally a big fan of Soviet art, except, of course, for its kitsch value, Gerasimov’s Mother of a Partisan (1943) is worth making an exception over. For […]